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December 15th 2021: Impact of Languages on our Society

United Kingdom loses upwards of 80 billion GBP per year to a disproportionately monolingual workforce, Switzerland attributes 11% of its GDP to its culture of multilingualism and the policies that sustain it. Listen to Wikitongues cofounder and director Daniel Bögre Udell and programs director Kristen Tcherneshoff on how languages impact our society. Today some 7,000 languages are spoken and signed around the world, but acute challenges facing linguistic communities—from forced assimilation to political exclusion—could make 3,000 of those languages fall silent by the end of this century. Suc

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Daniel Udell

“Daniel Bögre Udell is the cofounder and executive director of Wikitongues, which supports language documentation and revitalization on a global scale. He has been involved in online projects since 2009, when he helped launch the Catalan-language edition of the nonprofit news organization, Global Voices. 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."
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Kristen Tcherneshoff

"Kristen Tcherneshoff is the Programs Director at Wikitongues, supporting language diversity around the world. Kristen holds a BFA from the University of Alabama and a MA from Helsinki University. With a background in law and disability rights, her interests lie in language activism and Sign linguistics. She speaks English, Swahili, Finnish, and French".
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https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2565/global-business 10/08/2022 09:00 10/08/2022 10:00 Global Business https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2565/global-business United Kingdom loses upwards of 80 billion GBP per year to a disproportionately monolingual workforce, Switzerland attributes 11% of its GDP to its culture of multilingualism and the policies that sustain it. Listen to Wikitongues cofounder and director Daniel Bögre Udell and programs director Kristen Tcherneshoff on how languages impact our society. Today some 7,000 languages are spoken and signed around the world, but acute challenges facing linguistic communities—from forced assimilation to political exclusion—could make 3,000 of those languages fall silent by the end of this century. Such a loss would take a tragic toll upon our collective spiritual, cultural, and ecological knowledge. In response, Wikitongues is building a “language revitalization accelerator” that gives marginalized people resources to launch mother-tongue projects in their communities. Wikitongues, a nonprofit organization working to safeguard and revitalize endangered languages around the world, has been awarded The 2021 J.M.K. Innovation Prize. VoiceAmerica | Talk Radio | Online Talk Radio ecards@voiceamerica.com false DD/MM/YYYY Add to Calendar
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