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Live Chat: The Past and Future of Languages

14 February 2012 4:49 pm
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See below for the chat box. Join us each Thursday at 3 p.m. EST for a live conversation with leading scientists and expert reporters.
Today's Topic

Languages are in some sense alive. They're born, they reproduce and evolve, and some ultimately die. As major languages such as English, Spanish, and Chinese increasingly dominate our interconnected world, many other languages face the threat of going extinct. At a AAAS symposium on Friday, 17 February, researchers will discuss how social media, online audio dictionaries, and other tools are revitalizing some endangered languages, helping to preserve this important part of human culture.

Join us at a special time, 3 p.m. EST Friday 17, February, when several of the speakers will be with us on ScienceLive to take readers' questions on the past, present, and future of languages. You can leave your questions beforehand in the comments section on this page.

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Today's Guests


K. David Harrison


Margaret Noori



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