Daniel Bögre Udell: How to save a language from extinction
Daniel Bögre Udell is the cofounder and director of Wikitongues, working with a global network of grassroots linguists to build a seed bank of every language in the world. Full bio
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because they're forced to.
to killing indigenous people.
"but save the man."
the government did just that,
from their families
where they were given English names
by their own governments
majority of cultures,
for someone else's.
could disappear in 80 years.
when, at a time of rising antisemitism,
to their ancestral language, Hebrew,
for over 1,000 years,
of Jewish religion and philosophy.
and taught it to their children,
in nearly 100 generations.
of five million Jews.
of the Jewish diaspora,
as well preserved as ours was,
in over 1,000 years,
just weren't given a chance.
a county in southern England.
fought for their culture.
for over 100 years,
to teach it to their children.
of Cornish speakers
Cornish speakers found one another online
to speak on a daily basis.
weekly or monthly events
and speak in public.
have secured recognition
Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
of forced assimilation
is reviving their ancestral language.
to Baton Rouge and New Orleans
stored away in university archives.
and share it with the community.
a Tunica renaissance.
in language immersion classes,
like Donna's daughter Elisabeth,
Tunica people to get involved.
wrote Elisabeth on Facebook,
that her culture is alive
of language activism on every continent.
from the Channel Isles,
speakers from Nairobi,
to preserve or reclaim a language
can be shared and taught.
Hungarian and Scottish Gaelic,
languages is available online.
it came installed on my iPhone,
我的 iPhone 本身就有內建，
may not be as widely supported,
has started getting it online.
and embracing your culture
in the age of globalization,
to say in Hebrew,
ABOUT THE SPEAKERDaniel Bögre Udell - Language activist
Daniel Bögre Udell is the cofounder and director of Wikitongues, working with a global network of grassroots linguists to build a seed bank of every language in the world.
Why you should listen
Daniel Bögre Udell's goal is to create a world in which everyone has the resources and the right to keep their language alive. He cofounded Wikitongues in 2014, establishing a global volunteer movement to expand access to language revitalization. Wikitongues helps speakers document and promote their languages online, safeguarding them for the next generation. All their initiatives work to sustain marginalized languages through media, so their language can be shared and taught. They are collecting videos in every language in the world.
Prior to this, Bögre Udell was an active contributor to the nonprofit news initiative Global Voices, cofounding the project's Catalan language edition and translating Catalan articles into English. He has a BFA in design and technology and a master's degree in historical studies from the New School University in New York City. In addition to Urdell's native English, he speaks Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese.
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