Tag: endangered

Languages, Plants, and People

Marta Kongarayeva, a last speaker of Tofa. Photo courtesy of Thomas Hegenbart and Living Tongues Institute.K. David Harrison on Environmental LinguisticsThis is the first of an ongoing series of articles that...

Drums Amplify Speech Across Amazon

The Amazonian Bora people mimic the rhythm of their language for communication over large distances using drumsResearchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the Université Grenoble Alpes have found that the drummed speech of the Northwest Amazon Boras not only reproduces the melody of words and...

Preserving the Critically Endangered N|uu Language

N|uu is the language of the San people, who were the first hunter-gatherers in southern Africa. The language has 112 distinct sounds including 45 characteristic “clicks” and has been passed down orally for generations. Due to its critically endangered state, linguists are working with the last three living speakers of N|uu to design alphabet charts in an effort to...

The Endangered Language Alliance

The Endangered Language Alliance (ELA), an independent non-profit founded in 2010 by a team of linguists, recently worked with Grubin Productions to produce the PBS documentary, Language Matters. The film premiered on January 19, 2015 and focuses on what is lost when a language goes extinct and how to save languages from dying. There are currently over 6,000 languages...