Professor K. David Harrison (associate professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College) offers the Visiting Anthropologist Lecture, “Saving Endangered Languages.”
Half of the world’s languages are endangered and may go extinct in this century. The loss of these languages will have dire consequences not only for their speakers, but also for culture, science, and the environment. Around the world, speakers of endangered languages are mounting strategic efforts to save their languages. This presentation features photos and video clips of speakers of some of the world’s most endangered languages, from Siberia, India, the USA and other locations, and will demonstrate how indigenous activists and linguists are working to sustain languages through technology, science and art.
This event is co-sponsored by the Lecture and Fine Arts Committee, the Nitze Scholars Program, the Asian Studies Program, and the Department of International Languages and Cultures.