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Feb. 16: Endangered Languages – David Harrison

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3 p.m. Student Union Building, Special Events Center (SPEC). K. David Harrison, associate provost and professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College, will be the speaker for this presentation.

Half of the world’s languages are endangered and may go extinct in this century. The loss of these languages will have dire consequences not only for their speakers, but also 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 the U.S., among others – and will demonstrate how indigenous activists and linguists are working to sustain languages through technology and art.

This event is jointly sponsored by Boise State University’s departments of English and anthropology, and the College of Western Idaho. It is free and open to the public.


February 16
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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