We all know that languages are dying at an alarming rate.
What can we do about it? People have been trying to save languages for decades, usually without success. But recently, there have been some hopeful signs.
Bringing back a language is a massive challenge where the odds are stacked against you.
The language revitalization movement, however, is growing up. Activists have identified the approaches that may work. They share solutions among themselves and make fewer mistakes.
Nina Porzucki and I explored these questions at a recording of The World in Words, in front of a live audience at the New York Public Library.
We heard from various guests, in person and on tape, about Ainu, Shinnecock, Mustang, Irish, Garifuna, Hawaiian and, yes, Zaza. Plus, there was a singalong and a dodgy joke or two.
Listen above or at iTunes.