Archive for November, 2009

A contrary view on language death

I ran across this article today by linguist John McWhorter of Columbia University. He makes some good points why losing a language shouldn’t necessarily mean the loss of a culture, but if everyone thought like he did there would probably be no native languages left.

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November 30, 2009 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

National Geographic blog article on NA languages

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November 23, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Finding Our Talk

A Canadian company, Mushkeg Media, produces a documentary video series called “Finding Our Talk” about indigenous languages. There are now three seasons of the series with 13 thirty-minute episodes each.

This is a really interesting find, but unfortunately it is priced way out of the reach of the average person. Even a DVD with just one episode is priced around $30 (presumably Canadian). A whole season will set you back $350.

Here is the Finding Our Talk project page.

November 16, 2009 at 1:01 am Leave a comment


90-year-old Archie Thompson works with youngsters to keep the Yurok language alive in California.

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For more information on the Yurok language visit UC Berkeley’s Yurok Language Project.

November 9, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Endangered Languages Information and Infrastructure Workshop

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the University of Utah will host  Endangered Languages Information and Infrastructure Workshop November 12-14, 2009.

Also, recently there was an article connected with the above event mentioning  endangered languages in Canada.


November 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

A new dictionary for Barona

A new dictionary has been published for the Diegueño/Kumeyaay people of the Barona Indian Reservation in San Diego County, California.

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November 3, 2009 at 11:20 pm Leave a comment

Mispronouncing Hawaiian

hC. Keith Hagen wrote an article about the recent success of the Hawaiian language in the state. And apparently, mispronunciations still abound.

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Hagen has two shows on Hawaii Public Radio.

Ke Aolama, The Hawaiian Language Newscast
KIPO 89.3 FM - Weekdays at 8:33
Hawaiian Word of the Day - 
KHPR 88.1 FM, during Morning Edition & All Things Considered,
KIPO 89.3 FM, during Forward

November 1, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment