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Media: National Geographic WorldTalk Endangered Languages

Submitter: K. David Harrison

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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Media Body: National Geographic World Talk host Patty Kim interviews K. David
Harrison of Swarthmore College, discussing language extinction, global
language diversity, and why we should care. In the interview, David talks
about his work on documenting endangered languages in Siberia. He discusses
how knowledge is packaged in languages and how traditional cultural
knowledge represents the accumulation over many centuries of human
observations of nature. As languages die, the human knowledge base erodes.

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Issue Number: 18.187
Date Posted: January 17, 2007