Parsons School of Design

BFA Communication Design

Thesis 2013

Daniel Bogre Udell
Daniel Bogre Udell

Wikitongues is an opensourced documentary project, dedicated to recording the world’s 7,000 languages as fluid vehicles of individual expression. I have been busy creating a thorough body of content by conducting video interviews with a diverse array of speakers, and harnessing the power of social networks to diffuse this content on a global level.1 In doing so, I have been able to build a growing community of followers excited by and engaged with the phenomenon of diversity. As an individual who has traveled from a young age had the privilege of living abroad twice in Spain, I have always been fascinated by diversity, and particularly by its foundational expression, language, which exists at the intersection of the individual and collective; we express ourselves with language, and use it to identify with others. My long-term goal for Wikitongues — documenting every language in the world — is far beyond the scope of a year. Thankfully, the excitement that Wikitongues has generated online has helped facilitate its transition from an individual project to a team effort, driven by the passion of a small but nonetheless open group of students and linguists from four countries. By the end of 2013, I plan to have expanded our collection of languages and our content’s global reach, as well as having implemented an open-sourced website so that anyone interested in our effort can contribute by uploading their own videos. 1 Wikitongues videos have reached 2,000 people from fifty different countries. We currently hail from The United States, Canada, Switzerland, and Spain.





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