Encoding language – by Cristiana Moisescu

Have you ever heard of Bernstoler Sproch? Or Tischlbong? If they sound like made-up words, think again. They are just two of almost 20 endangered languages that are now getting a makeover thanks to Smallcodes. A project led by Carlo Zoli, an electronic engeneer with a passion for languages, Smallcodes aims to preserve minority languages by promoting them on an online network, with dictionaries and learning resources for potential users.