An effort is underway to save one of the oldest languages to have been spoken in the Boulder Valley. Its name is common in this community — with a slightly altered spelling — attached to a key east-west thoroughfare, as well as a peak that glistens with snow to the west in the Indian Peaks.. read more →

At the beginning of each semester, Lise Dobrin asks the undergraduates who take her Languages of the World class at the University of Virginia if they’ve ever heard or read about endangered languages. Fifteen years ago, only a few had; nowadays everyone raises a hand. Why the shift? Because the popular media has done so many stories.. read more →

Coming to the region at the start of the new year is a “nest” project focused on Inupiaq language revitalization. As KNOM’s Davis Hovey reports, a Nome-based non-profit organization called Inuusiq, Inc., which started up this year, is spearheading the project. “So, Inuusiq, Inc., was created by four young Inuit women. Myself, Iviilik, Hattie Keller; I’m the.. read more →

Cherokee has been one of a number of endangered Native American languages to see a renaissance in recent history. A group of University of Kansas researchers has co-authored a study demonstrating that the ways children learn and speak the language in a Cherokee immersion school are an ongoing process of renewal rather than a return.. read more →

Twenty-six years ago, two brothers decided their native language needed a new alphabet. The scripts they’d been using to read and write their native Fulani, an African language spoken by at least 40 million people, weren’t working well. Fulani’s sounds were rendered imprecisely by the Arabic alphabet, the script most often used to write it; the.. read more →

After years of studying Quechua, Américo Mendoza Mori moved to Cusco to fully immerse himself in the language. And while he enrolled in a course and worked with a tutor, he couldn’t find anyone willing to speak the language with him outside of the classroom. Fast forward a few years and Mendoza Mori found himself in.. read more →

While Latin’s influence is apparent in many modern languages, it is no longer commonly spoken. So exactly why did the language die out? When the Catholic Church gained influence in ancient Rome, Latin became the official language of the sprawling Roman Empire. Latin was king of the world — the language of international communication, scholarship, and science… read more →

The Daily Good August 9, 2016 On the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, residents face a host of life-threatening issues: high suicide rates, poverty, crippling diabetes, drug use. Also, like many other marginalized groups around the world, their language is disappearing. Thankfully, one community group is working to preserve the Lakota language, all.. read more →

The race to save a dying language: Hawaii Sign Language In 2013, at a conference on endangered languages, a retired teacher named Linda Lambrecht announced the extraordinary discovery of a previously unknown language: Hawaii Sign Language, or HSL. William O’Grady, the chair of the linguistics department at the University of Hawaii, called it “the first time in 80.. read more →

Learning Southeast Alaska’s indigenous languages Most Haida speakers probably won’t ever use the phrase “gám hl k’áalaangw dáng gatáa’anggang.” It means “don’t eat the pens.” But the members of the Haida Language Learners group learned it anyway after their instructor broke off briefly during a recent lesson to stop her infant niece from using a dry erase.. read more →