Public Writings

Breathing life back into language

Researcher Daryl Baldwin’s work helps restore language as a vital cultural symbol he last fluent speakers of the Myaamia — or Miami — language passed away during the mid-20th century, around the same time Native American linguist Daryl Baldwin was born. Today, thanks to the efforts of Baldwin, his family and other linguists and language […]


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Studying Language after Nepal’s Deadly Earthquake

Languages under threat of extinction Between 100 and 115 distinct languages are spoken within Nepal’s borders. The three districts where the NSF-supported team is working all feature languages, and cultures, under threat of extinction, a situation the quakes exacerbated. Natural disasters can destabilize the linguistic landscape and diversity of an area. Nepal’s earthquake displaced entire […]


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