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The Lensic and International Folk Art Alliance present
Saving Endangered Languages
Greg Anderson & David Harrison

Monday, October 6, 2014 7:00PM
Lensic Performing Arts Center

The Lensic and International Folk Art Alliance present<br>Saving Endangered Languages<br>Greg Anderson & David Harrison
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The Lensic and the International Folk Art Alliance presents Saving Endangered Languages: Greg Anderson and David Harrison.

Half of the world's languages are endangered and may go extinct in this century. The loss of small languages will have dire consequences 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 and other locations, and will demonstrate how indigenous activists and linguists are working to sustain languages through technology.

K. David Harrison is a linguist, explorer, and Fellow at National Geographic Society. He co-leads expeditions to remote locations to meet with the last speakers of endangered languages and help preserve their knowledge. He teaches Linguistics at Swarthmore College.

Gregory Anderson is a linguist and director of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages. He has done fieldwork in Siberia, India, Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, and many other locations. As a National Geographic Fellow, he co-led the Enduring Voices Project to map and explore the world's language hotspots.

This 50-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

In conjunction with this Lensic presentation, on October 7 the New Mexico History Museum will host a free screening at 2 pm of The Linguists – the 2008 documentary that follows Anderson and Harrison around the world as they collect recordings of people speaking threatened languages. The 65-minute film will also be followed by a question-and-answer session.
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