Daily Archives: April 24, 2009

New pod: The CIA’s foreign language deficit, a linguistic fantasy island, and learning Hawaiian in song

Add this to the CIA‘s troubles: the agency is nowhere near multilingual enough. Despite urging from Congress and the 9/11 Commission, the CIA remains overwhelmingly English-only. Also, what Hollywood might make of one linguist’s social experiment: Derek Bickerton proposed marooning six families who spoke mutually incomprehensible languages on an uninhabitated island to see if they would create a new language. Should Hollywood be interested, author Michael Erard offers casting suggestions and a plot twist or two. Finally, Hawaiian language lessons from musician Keali’i Reichel.

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