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2009-09-27 Project with Finno-Ugric languages has started very well
In Vox Humanitatis, we have been thinking what would be good ways to help less-resourced languages to survive in this world and also to get strength. Organizing connection, co-operation with other humanitarian project, involving caring people inside and creating open source content, those are some of our keys to help cultures to survive.
Now we can happily tell, that our Finno-Ugric -project of collecting open source content in different Finno-Ugric languages has started amazingly.
We focused first in the 3 major and 2 smaller language. The languages are Hungarian from Hungary, Finnish from Finland, Estonian from Estonia and Udmurt and Veps from Russia.
Hungarian, Finnish and Estonian are spoken languages in their own country. So in these cases the language is not endangered, because it has a national status. But smaller Finno-Ugric languages have a bit more problematic situation.
Examples of the speakers in some Finno-Ugric languages:
Sami 20,000 - 30,000
Vod 15 (1997)
Brief information about the languages inside the project at the moment:
Hungarian, 15 million speakers, is mainly spoken in Hungary and also in some regions of surrounding countries. Official language in EU. The translators and proofreaders: Judit Vadlövő, Jutta Jelys, Miriam Gómez-Morán and Outi Sané.
Finnish, 6 million speakers, is mainly spoken in Finland and also in some regions of surroinding countries. Official language in EU. The translators and proofreaders: Martti Hänninen, Maiju Kuisma and Outi Sané.
Estonian, 1,2 million speakers, is mainly spoken in Estonia. Official language in EU.
Veps, 5,750 speakers, in Karelia, Russian Federation. The translator: Prof. Igor Brodsky Russian State Pedagogic University, St Petersburg, Chair of Uralic languagues.
Udmurt, 464,000 speakers, in near Ural Mountains; Udmurtia, Russian Federation. Translator: Valery Lozhkin, foreign language teacher.
Additional information about Finno-Ugric -language for example in the Uralistic portal:
Article about gathering the content: http://www.voxhumanitatis.org/content/endeesar-file-parley
This is only the start of a long road. For more additional information: outi.sane [at] voxhumanitatis.org
If you are interested about Finno-Ugric languages, please contact us!
TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER!
Some of these languages have only some THOUSANDS of speakers!
IT'S HIGH TIME NOW! - Help us to help!!!
Director of dept. for Finno-Ugric Culture, Vox Humanitatis