Language News: Popular Linguistics Covers Endangered Languages

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Yesterday was International Mother Language Day, a day for celbrating linguistic diversity everywhere. Today, Popular Linguistics, a linguistics magazine aimed at the general public, has released it’s second issue. In it, a wonderful article about the language sitaution in India where (sadly), language endangerment is a problem. In fact, as this article highlights, we may be about to lose the last remaining language in the entire Greater Anadmanese language family. (Although, check the link for some good news, from India, too.)

While you’re there, be sure to check out the rest of this website. Popular Linguistics  is a fantastic resource for those who are interested in learning more about language and linguistics.


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Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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One Response to Language News: Popular Linguistics Covers Endangered Languages

  1. Pingback: Endangered Languages, video and websites « Mind Your Language

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