LINGUIST List 30.1146

Wed Mar 13 2019

Disc: Environmental Protection Using Endangered Languages

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Date: 09-Mar-2019
From: Dianna Lauroesch <>
Subject: Environmental Protection Using Endangered Languages
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I'm a linguistics student in a class about environmental anthropology.

For my final paper I am looking at the use of endangered languages (and local languages in general) in relation to environmental protection. How have local languages been used when discussing the environment? I would like to look both at when the language still has speakers and, if possible, were there times when an extinct language lead to a change in understanding in the environment. Given all the projects taking place now to preserve languages before they become extinct, I am wondering if that is enough to produce a new understanding of the environment and affect environmental protection or if native speakers are needed to use the language.

Thank you!

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

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