The world’s languages and their diversity are a precious resource for communities and for science. Langscape’s mission is to increase understanding of this resource through aggregation and visualization of language information.
The Langscape project aims to serve a worldwide audience interested in learning and teaching languages, building effective language tools and technologies, understanding language structures and use, and learning about human cultures. Our bet is that by serving diverse audiences, it is possible to serve individual audiences better. For academics, Langscape can serve (i) linguists who are interested in language documentation, analysis, or typology; (ii) language teachers, especially for less commonly taught languages (LCTLs), and (iii) language technology researchers, especially for low-resource languages. In the public sphere, Langscape can serve as a resource for K-12 teachers, for government, for NGOs, and for ‘citizen scientists’. When connected to other kinds of human data, Langscape’s mapping information has the potential to answer questions and serve broader applications in a range of disciplines including crisis-reaction, humanitarian efforts, economics, anthropology, education, and national security.
Langscape is inherently an interdisciplinary and international enterprise. Our mission is closely linked with the priorities of the Maryland Language Science Center, which aims to improve language research by integrating diverse scientific fields, perspectives and methods.