podcast #4: public radio cliché yes, but the obsessions of these people may be saving languages

It couldn’t last. I come from public radio. I just couldn’t resist putting out a podcast on endangered languages. And so after three good, honest attempts at tracking non-endangered global linguistic trends, I spoil it all with this offering.  Despite this moth-to-light obsession, podcast #4 probes some of the weirder aspects of language-saving. First we spend some time a Chilean teen has taught himself the dead language of  Selk’nam. Then we hear from two American linguists who have made it their life goal to travel the globe, documenting as many dying languages as they can. Then we travel to the southeastern United States where a small minority of people still speak – and promote – a creole known as Gullah. Pretty much everyone featured in this podcast is dedicated to language revivial or preservation. Dedicated to the point of obsession – but it’s an attractive obsession.

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3 responses to “podcast #4: public radio cliché yes, but the obsessions of these people may be saving languages

  1. RISUKU

    Does anyone know (or catch from the audio) the name of the teen who speaks Selk’nam? I can’t quite make his name out well enough to search for him, but I’d love to try and get in touch with him or at least see how he is doing with Selk’nam (there was mention of music cds and a dictionary) as I also have interest in endangered native american languages.

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