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.