LINGUIST List 13.3246

Tue Dec 10 2002

Qs: Endandered Languages, Media Query

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  1. Dan Everett, History of interest in endangered languages
  2. Christine Kenneally, Media Query

Message 1: History of interest in endangered languages

Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 04:21:08 +0000
From: Dan Everett <dan.everettman.ac.uk>
Subject: History of interest in endangered languages

Concern for endangered languages has grown dramatically in recent
years. I know that there was a huge leap in interest some 12 years ago
or so and that interest and concern has been building rapidly since
then.

I would like to have a clearer idea of the history, though. I am
asking for help, therefore, in identifying publications, conferences,
LSA events, etc. that might be identified with the birth of the
current interest in endangered languages. I will post a summary if
there is a large enough response.

Thanks for your help,

Dan Everett 
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Message 2: Media Query

Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 18:42:43 -0500
From: Christine Kenneally <ckenneallyckenneally.com>
Subject: Media Query

Dear Linguistlist,

A recent paper in Science by Noam Chomsky, Marc Hauser and Tecumseh
Fitch began by imagining what an extraterrestrial biologist would make
of human languages and the earth's other communication systems. This
seems to be familiar from other linguistic articles and ideas. Does
anyone know who else has used the idea of the extraterrestrial
naturalist to talk about linguistics and does anyone know when this
was first used?

Best wishes,
Christine Kenneally
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Christine Kenneally, Ph.D.
718 369 3458 tel
646 431 5091 cell
718 369 3478 fax
ckenneallyckenneally.com
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