Breathing New Life Into Native American Languages

Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Native American Languages Lab, University of Texas at Arlington

June 11, 2015 – At the end of the first Indiana Jones movie, the newly-found Lost Ark leaves Indy's possession to go to a sterile, austere government holding facility — an archive. Baskets, beadwork, and bronze sculptures are some of what we preserve in museums and archives. Languages are, too. But language is not some relic whose destiny is best preserved in a pristine acrylic tomb. Language is meant to be used. It is the living embodiment of what it means to be human, encoding and expressing memories of those generations long ago and yet to come. And right now, representatives from a variety of Native American tribes have converged on Washington, D.C. archives to breathe new life into their languages, to transform language preserved into language lived and language living.

Read Full Article: The Huffington Post,. “Breathing New Life Into Native American Languages“. N. p., 2015. Web. 24 Dec. 2015.

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