Can Facebook Save A Dying Language?
A group of researchers are putting social media to use in a new way, as a tool to save endangered and marginalized languages.
Margaret Noori, a professor at the University of Michigan is exploring the implications of bridging the digital divide to use social media as a linguistic preservation tool. Noori’s studies are centered around Anishinaabemowin, the native language of the Ojibwe, Michigan’s indigenous population. However, the results of the project can be applied to all endangered languages whose speakers have access to social media.