Consortium for Training in Language Documentation and Conservation
Thiago Chacon training speakers in the preservation and documentation of KubeoUpper Rio Negro, a borderlands region that joins Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela in the Northwestern Amazon rainforest has about 30 different ethnic groups that speak more than 20 different languages which belong to 4 different language families. Most of these languages are under threat of extinction. Although their languages differ, the indigenous groups all interact with each other in a large network of interrelated cosmologies, social organization, marriages, festivities, rituals, and commerce. Taken together, these people total 65,000 individuals. One of the languages under threat of extinction is Kubeo, spoken by the Kubeo people.
A report on the Fourth International 3L Summer School 2012: Endangered Languages – From Documentation to RevitalisationThe 4th 3L International Summer School was held from July 1, 2012 to July 13, 2012. Hosted by LED-TDR (Langues En Danger-Terrain Documentation Revitalisation), DDL and the ICAR CNRS laboratories, the Summer School was housed at the University Lyon2, in the beautiful city of Lyon in southern France. This was the fourth offering of the 3L Summer School, which is produced by a consortium of programs housed at the University of Lyon, the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.
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Endangered Language Activists Bring the World to Kansas
"My grandmother chose not to teach me Kickapoo purposefully. She said, 'You don't need to know that' because her hair was washed with kerosene and her mouth was washed out with lye soap for speaking to her sister in our language. She didn't want that to happen to me," wept JoAnne Grandstaff. The Kickapoo language, a Native American language spoken in Kansas, is fighting for its survival, as are many endangered languages worldwide.
2012 Breath of Life WorkshopsTwo Breath of Life workshops will be held at Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Oklahoma and the University of Berkeley campus. The Breath of Life workshops are designed to train participants and equip them with techniques on language documentation and revitalization. Minority language speakers of a Native American Tribe or Nation that no longer have active first-language speakers in their community may participate in the Breath of Life workshops. The workshops are a great opportunity for language learning since a wide variety of topics will be covered. It is also an occasion to meet with other people and learn means to revive and document languages.
By: Molly Michaletz Some faculty members within the University of Minnesota’s Department of American Indian Studies are trying to preserve two languages indigenous to the state. Currently, students don’t have the option to major in Ojibwe or Dakota, the two languages offered within the department. But with a recent push from veteran and new professors, students may eventually be able to major in ...
Economic prosperity is the worst enemy of minority languages, said researchers Wednesday who listed parts of Australia and North America as "hotspots" for extinction risk. Study co-author Tatsuya Amato from the university's zoology department, explained that as economies develop, one language often comes to dominate a nation's political and educational spheres.
Thriving economies are the biggest factor in the disappearance of minority languages and conservation should focus on the most developed countries where languages are vanishing the fastest, finds a new study.
The Gaza war has turned Hebrew into a battleground as ordinary Israelis adopt military euphemisms to describe everything from captured soldiers to the war itself, Gon Ben-Ari writes. Click here for the rest of the article...