Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Phoenix Online - Linguistics professor’s new book laments dying languages

The Phoenix Online - Linguistics professor’s new book laments dying languages: "K. David Harrison’s new book “When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World’s Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge” looks at what is lost from scientific, linguistic and humanistic vantage points when a language dies by examining field studies of endangered languages in Siberia, Mongolia, the Himalayas, North America and elsewhere."

Just finished reading this book. Very interesting, especially the discussion on calendars. It was a topic I hadn't read about in a long time...



Here is an interview to National Geographic.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

It is a very interesting topic for us arbëresh speaking people, indeed. It is very sad to see our language lose its identity day after day. Does the book you are speaking about propose how to invert this trend?
PS I think that we happened to meet in Pisa in 1990-1991. I am glad for meeting you again in the cyberspace