Around the world, people are reawakening ancestral languages—but despite a global groundswell of language revitalization, the vast majority of endangered languages remain unsupported. With only a few hundred known language revitalization initiatives and as many as 3,000 languages at risk, there is so much still to do. Skeptics might point to this fact as evidence of waning interest in linguistic diversity. However, people commonly as us: “How do I save my language?” In other words, people want to keep their languages alive, but they don’t always know where to start.
To help, we publish the Language Sustainability Toolkit, a free resource for identifying what your language needs and building a plan to make it happen. Now through early 2022, we're working with a cohort of five activists on the cusp of launching their own revitalization initiatives. Based on the Toolkit's open-ended framework, we're helping each of them make measurable progress in their communities. If you’re a linguist or linguist-in-training and would like to volunteer as an advisor, or you would like to donate computer or recording equipment, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're worried about the future of your language, the Language Sustainability Toolkit is a great place to start. With the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, we've identified a set of best practices for revitalizing your language, from creating educational materials to generating enthusiasm in your community.