This past Monday, UNESCO held its official launch event for the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019) in Paris. I wrote a post summarizing this initiative a couple weeks ago; to recap, the United Nations declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages due to the drastic increase in the rate of language endangerment and… Continue reading Follow-Up: The Year of Indigenous Languages has officially begun!
Happy New Year, everyone! 2019 is going to be an amazing year for endangered language awareness, as it has been declared the International Year of Indigenous Languages! But who exactly made this declaration and why? And what are the goals for bringing awareness to the thousands of indigenous languages that are in danger of going… Continue reading 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019)
With Thanksgiving having just passed, I wanted to devote the first Language Spotlight to not only a Native American language, but the language of a tribe that had contact with the first English settlers of the Plymouth colony. The Wampanoag tribe, located predominantly in what is now Massachusetts, played a major role in the early… Continue reading Wampanoag – Language Spotlight
Hello! As a holdover until my first endangered language spotlight, I wanted to share and give a brief description of two sites I visit often to learn about endangered languages, as well as what's going on in the field of endangered language research. These sites are not only super informative but are also user-friendly and… Continue reading My go-to sites for info on endangered languages
"What are the endangered languages?" This is the question I get when I tell people that I'm passionate about this topic. The truth is, the amount of languages that are dying out is not something that can be counted on both hands. To start, the total amount of languages that exist in the world is… Continue reading Endangered Languages – Greater and closer than you know!