The Rosetta Project
The Rosetta Project strives to register as many languages
as possible before they die. In the form of a book, on a disk that
must last two thousand years, and on a website. The website contains
a growing collection of descriptions, vocabularies and grammars
of more than one thousand languages. With its objective of including
a translation of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, the project
reveals its Western roots.
A search based on a country renders interesting results: for the
Netherlands, for example, twenty-four languages were listed, including
Flemish, Frisian, Koradji, Bur and Yiddish. If you succeed in completely
reading the instructions in English, you can submit a contribution.
An audio file containing spoken Koradji, for example!
The Rosetta Project is an initiative of the
Long Now Foundation, an organisation that focuses on cultural
projects over an extraordinarily long term, including a clock that
is to keep on ticking for ten thousand years.