Date: 17-Jan-2007 From: K. David Harrison <dharris2swarthmore.edu> Subject: National Geographic WorldTalk Endangered Languages
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.