The Linguists

August 17, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

I’m obviously a little late to the game here. Have you heard of the film The Linguists? It’s a 2008 documentary following two linguists (Greg Anderson and David Harrison) around the world studying endangered languages. Greg Anderson and David Harrison are both involved with the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages.

A blurb from the IMDB entry says…

David and Greg are “The Linguists,” who document languages on the verge of extinction. In the rugged landscapes of Siberia, India, and Bolivia, their resolve is tested by institutionalized racism and violent economic unrest.

Perhaps that description makes the film sound a little more exciting than it actually is. But still, I don’t know of anything else like it out there. There are only two North American indigenous languages mentioned in the film itself or the outtakes: Chemehuevi and Miami. A third language, Kallawaya, in South America is also addressed.

The entire film can be watched online for free at Babelgum! When you’re finished, don’t miss the segments that apparently didn’t make the final cut down at the bottom of the screen.


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