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Media: Endangered Langs: ABC News Website

Submitter: Peter K. Austin

Submitter Email: peterka@unimelb.edu.au
Media Body: ** Editor's Note: LINGUIST List was also interviewed for this story.

I understand that US ABC News plans to run a story on its website
http://abcnews.go.com/ next Friday April 5th on the topic of endangered
languages. I contributed some materials for the story from my Australian
Aboriginal languages research but I have not seen the story nor the planned

Hopefully it will be an accurate presentation and good publicity for the
documentation of endangered languages. Please feel free to publicise through
your lists and networks.


Prof Peter K. Austin
Foundation Chair in Linguistics
Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010

ph: 61-3-8344-5175
fax: 61-3-8344-8990
web: http://www.linguistics.unimelb.edu.au/people/staff/austin.html

Issue Number: 13.900
Date Posted: April 01, 2002

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