Commonwealth National Podcast

The Rosetta Project: Documenting All Human Language for the Next 10,000 Years. Laura Welcher & Alexander Rose

Duration: 
1:06:22

The Rosetta Project: Documenting All Human Language for the Next 10,000 Years


Alexander Rose, Executive Director, Long Now Foundation
Laura Welcher, Director, The Rosetta Project


It is estimated that 90 percent of existing human languages will become lost or endangered in the next century. The Rosetta Project, by the San Francisco-based Long Now Foundation, aims to document as many of these languages as possible for posterity. Rose and Welcher will tell the story of collecting and archiving the world’s languages on the web, so that they can last for millennia to come.


This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club on April 13, 2009