Talking Dictionaries Give Life to Rare Languages

When linguist David Harrison first encountered the speakers of Matukar Panau, the language existed among only 600 people in two small villages in the hills of Papua New Guinea.

The villagers had no written alphabet, no electricity and no computers, and had never seen a Web page, but they already believed that if their language was to survive, they must put their words on the Internet.

Now there is a place on the Web that speaks in their voice.

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