Contact: Chuck McGonagle
Maryland Language Science Center Partners with 7000 Languages Project
Transparent Language and University of Maryland bring free world-class technology to the world's under-supported languages
Nashua, N.H., December 2, 2014 - Transparent Language, Inc. today announced the formation of the Langscape 7000 Partnership in cooperation with the Maryland Language Science Center at the University of Maryland. The Langscape 7000 Partnership will create leading-edge software for the teaching and learning of languages largely ignored by the commercial world.
The Langscape 7000 Partnership is the latest initiative of Transparent Language's 7000 Languages Project. With approximately 7,100 living languages in the world today, the goal of the 7000 Languages Project is to create world-class web- and mobile-delivered learning materials for the 7,000 languages beyond the top 100 or so that attract significant commercial support.
The technology for the 7000 Languages Project is donated by Transparent Language, but the passion and expertise for each project is brought together by expert 7000 Partnerships, of which the Langscape 7000 Partnership is the latest.
Langscape, a major new online portal for learning about languages worldwide, combines an interactive language map with links to an expanding range of resources on thousands of languages. Langscape is intended to serve multiple communities, including language teachers and learners, researchers, K-12 educators, government and NGOs, and public outreach.
By partnering with the 7000 Languages Project, Langscape is aiming to create and make available powerful technology-delivered learning materials for an increasing selection of languages. Langscape will help language experts to develop detailed content on individual languages. That content can then be delivered in specialized 7000 Languages Project technology modules for web, computers, and mobile devices.
Transparent Language develops transformational language-learning and teaching software for serious language schools and programs in the US government and elsewhere.
"Our technology is designed to train people in a language faster and more reliably, because our government customers need to respond quickly and effectively to humanitarian crises or conflicts anywhere in the world," says Michael Quinlan, CEO of Transparent Language. "The same technology is perfect for creating powerful learning software for the world's under-resourced languages, so we created the pro bono 7000 Languages Project to meet that need."
Langscape is an ambitious project to increase understanding of language diversity through visualization and aggregation of knowledge. Langscape starts with an interactive map of around 6400 languages worldwide with links to detailed information about each language, such as demographics, language families, sound systems, bibliographies, raw sound and text. Langscape includes information from multiple language database projects, each of which reflects deep expertise in specific regions, language types, or levels of analysis. Langscape, coordinated by the Maryland Language Science Center of University of Maryland, seeks to make the remarkable contributions of these many individuals and organizations more accessible, useful and sustainable. More information at http://langscape.umd.edu
About Transparent Language, Inc.
At Transparent Language, we leverage our expertise in technology, learning, and language to build innovative language-learning and teaching software for use by US Government agencies and organizations, as well as hundreds of public libraries, thousands of schools, and millions of individuals. We are serious about language learning. We care about all languages, regardless of commercial value. We believe that great language technology not only changes the user experience; it transforms the economics, logistics and reliability of language learning. Transparent Language is headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA. Visit them on the web at www.transparent.com.
About the 7000 Languages Project
The 7000 Languages Project is a charitable initiative that makes world-class language-learning and teaching technology available at no charge to the experts and advocates of languages of limited commercial interest. Transparent Language, Inc. donates the technology to and trains technologists of 7000 Partnerships, such as the NCOLCTL 7000 Partnership (African languages), the BasaBali 7000 Partnership (Balinese), the Doyon Foundation 7000 Partnership (Athabascan languages) and the Langscape 7000 Partnership. Those Partnerships in turn select and support 7000 Language Teams creating materials in each particular language. To inquire about support for your language team or for more information, visit www.transparent.com/about/7000-languages-project.html.