Posts tagged ‘endangered languages’

National Geographic blog article on NA languages

full story.


November 23, 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 hostĀ  Endangered Languages Information and Infrastructure Workshop November 12-14, 2009.

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


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

The Linguists

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.

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