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Endangered Languages on the Colbert Report

I couldn’t agree more with David Harrison that watching Stephen Colbert ‘cover’ endangered languages was a lot of fun (see comments). And, I will be using the clip of Colbert’s discussion with Harrison in my Intro to Cultural Anthropology class lecture on Language. (Those on a computer in Canada will find the clip here.)

(Also Languages Die, but Not Their Last Words (NYT) and Vigil for the Vanishing Tongue (NYT).)

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  1. Tad,

    Thanks for this posting and I hope your students find something useful in the Colbert clip and (some of) the news coverage. Also, thanks for your work on moose hunting narratives…will you be publishing any of those soon? I am eager to compare them with some of the many moose naratives found in the South Siberian cultures where I do language documentation work.

    Friday, September 28, 2007 at 7:10 pm | Permalink
  2. David, Thanks for the kind note. I have every intention of publishing my moose hunting stories and, with any luck, I will do so soon. The possibility of comparing the texts I’ve recorded with yours from Siberia is intriguing to me too and I hope we get the chance to do that sometime soon. Thanks for stopping by.

    Friday, September 28, 2007 at 8:56 pm | Permalink
  3. Patricia Louis wrote:

    Hey there or
    Thank you very much, this is great exposure. Everyone is worried about vanishing whales and I think people still lament the DoDo bird but WTF, no one is saying anything about dying languages.

    Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 2:00 pm | Permalink