Resources: The Linguists

People sometimes doubt that linguistics is exciting, but they underestimate those of us who specialize in it.  Besides having a “somewhat irrational interest in the world’s languages,” anybody who does field work has to have a spirit of adventure. In the film, The Linguists, David Harrison and Gregory Anderson show us why.  

The Linguists filmed premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, a first for a documentary sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and it has received rave reviews from everybody from the L.A. Times to Noam Chomsky.  Watch as Dave and Greg fight the clock, trying to document the worlds dying languages, and you’ll understand why linguists everywhere are worried about such extinctions.  

Check out the trailer on the link below, and consider finding a copy soon.

 The Linguists


About LingEducator

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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