The number of small languages in the world is being steadily reduced by many factors - urbanization, colonial policies, the dominace of big languages like English, population displacement through conflict and climate change. The Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) is a cross-institutional project that supports work on endangered languages and cultures especially in the Asia Pacific region and in Australia. The collection currently contains over 7,800 hours of audio materials representing more than 1,100 languages. Nick Thieberger, PARADISEC's current Director talks about the archiving and digitization of disappearing languages and the connection between the work being done at PARADISEC and the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.
John Langer & Stefan Schutt