Tag: endangered languages

Languages, Plants, and People

K. David Harrison on Environmental Linguistics This is the first of an ongoing series of articles that Language Magazine will be publishing to call attention to the importance of connections between language and environment A walk in the forest Two decades ago, I walked through the Siberian taiga with Marta Kongarayeva (born 1930), a lifelong huntress and forager, and one of the last...

Japan Recognizes Ainu

The Japanese government has endorsed a bill to officially recognize the Ainu ethnic minority as an indigenous people of Japan for the first time and calls for “the creation of a society in which they can take pride in their heritage.” However, the move may have come too late to save the Ainu language, now spoken by only a handful of people. The bill...
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