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Site History

In 2005 as part of America’s celebration of the Year of Languages, The Technology Development Group initiated the development of a comprehensive website dedicated to the description of the world’s most populous and important languages as well as other relevant information about world languages and language study. The effort was led by Dr. Kathleen Egan and Dr. Irene Thompson and supported by (numerous) education and government agencies involved in foreign language initiatives. The project was intended to be part of an effort to educate the American public about the variety of the world’s languages, to get them excited about studying foreign languages, and to ultimately help create a more language-capable America ready to meet its pressing foreign language needs. Since then, the Technology Development Group team has continued to work diligently on the development of the website.