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"Scientists estimate that of 7,000 languages in the world, half will be gone by the end of this century. On average, one language disappears every two weeks.
"THE LINGUISTS joins David Harrison and Gregory Anderson, scientists racing to document languages on the verge of extinction. David and Greg's 'round-the-world journey takes them deep into the heart of the cultures, knowledge, and communities at stake."
-- From the web page for The Linguists DVD
Some of the nearly extinct languages Harrison and Anderson worked with include:
Kallawaya - a secret language used mostly in healing rituals by the Kallawaya people of the Andes. The following page is from Pictografías poéticas = Poetical pictography by Raúl Carimán, who drew the pictographs and wrote the poetry, which he then translated into Kallawaya. The English translations are by Marjorie Agosín. Click on the image for a larger version
Chemehuevi is the language of a Native American tribe which originally spanned parts of California, Nevada and Arizona. Today the reservation is in San Bernadino County. Harrison and Anderson recorded one of the last three living speakers of the language. Linguists attempt to preserve and document endangered languages in works such as Chemehuevi : a grammar and lexicon , a page of which is pictured below. Click on the image for a larger version.
Sora is spoken by 280,000 - 300,000 native speakers in the eastern part of India. This page is from a Sora-English dictionary. Click on the image for a larger version.
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