Tag Archives: Endangered language

Resources: Reconstructing American Tongues

In 1988, the Center for New Media produced American Tongues.  Since then, this Peabody-Award-winning documentary, which highlights the range of language variation in the United States, has been a staple in American linguistic classes.  Even now, when the average 18 … Continue reading

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Language Documentation & Conservation (LD&C)

The University of Hawai’i presents Language Documentation & Conservation (LD&C), a journal that is available in the link provided.  

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Resources: Language Attrition Research Archive (LARA)

In their own words, the Language Attrition Research Archive  (LARA) is interested in language loss: This site is a bibliographical source on natural language loss, maintained by the Kellogg College Centre for the Study of Lifelong Language Learning, Kellogg College, … Continue reading

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Resources: DotSub Video Sharing and First Nation Languages

DotSUB is a video sharing platform that bills itself as “any video any language.”  It appears to be selling transcription, translation, and subtitling services, but it also has a large video collection which you can search by language and genre. … Continue reading

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Language News: Revitalization the goal in Farmington language classes – Navajo Times Online

News coverage of the efforts underway to revitalize the Navajo language: Revitalization the goal in Farmington language classes – Navajo Times Online.  

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Resources: Indigenous Tweets

The languages that are most frequently spoken on this planet have often gained their status by pushing other languages out.  Many of the colonial languages have effectively killed indigenous languages that they came into contact with. Linguists are doing what … Continue reading

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Language News: The 10 Most Endangered Languages In The World

Here’s a list of endangered languages from BusinessInsider.com.  It’s not clear who their linguistic consultants were for this essay, but it’s nice to see such mainstream coverage.  The list: Apiaka, Bikya, Taje, Dampelas, Diahoi, Kaixana, Laua, Yamana, Kulon-Pazeh, and Pemono. … Continue reading

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Language News: Catherine Charms Wales By Secretly Learning Welsh

In January, I attended the annual meeting of the Linguistics Society of America (LSA), the largest organization of linguists in the world.  The conference was in downtown Pittsburgh, and each morning I drove in and checked my winter coat with … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Language News: Popular Linguistics Covers Endangered Languages

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 … Continue reading

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