An article in this week’s Economist magazine discusses the creation by a Doctor in Pennslyvania of an electronic dictionary designed to easily allow speakers of rare languages to preserve their language.  Many, many ethnic languages are under threat and would disappear without this talking dictionary which can readily be used in remote locations.  More details can be found here: http://www.economist.com/node/21548148

The current edition of the Futurist magazine takes up the same theme in an article entitled: “A future of fewer words – five trends shaping the future of language.  If you would like a copy of the entire contents of this latter article (which is only available to members of the World Futures Society) please email charles.brass@futuresfoundation.org.au