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An artifact, whether a Hopi urn, a Maori carving, or an Edo period woodblock print is a tangible representation of the culture which produced it. Languages, both living and intangible by nature, are even more fragile, and therefore more precious cultural artifacts. It is in the same custodial spirit that we seek to showcase and preserve individual languages and the very cultures from which they sprang, without regard with political considerations that often attend questions of ethnicity.

Friendly Borders strives to preserve ancient and modern cultures and languages around the world. Our small but dynamic and dedicated staff is particularly concerned about cultures that are being threatened by the inroads of modernization and could disappear  in the near future due to assimilation.

Founded in 2004, Friendly Borders has set a number of ambitious goals itself, with the aim of protecting world cultures and languages from extinction.

 

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    Disappearing Languages in the Philippines
    By George Molina

    Disappearing Languages in the Philippines

    Manila – Languages around the world are dying at an alarming rate. It is unclear to linguists and historians how many languages have vanished in the past centuries, but some estimate that more than 10,000 languages once existed. Only around 5,000 languages remain today. Even more worrisome is the likelihood that thousands more shall have become extinct by the year 2100. Language death is a problem that affects all language families, from the most powerful (e.g., Indo-European, Sino-Tibetan) to the weaker (e.g., Australian, North American Indian). The twentieth century was a century of great language loss and death; the depressing reality is…Continue reading

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