The Linguist

I guess that, like me, you all knew that linguistics could be exiting? The documentary film The Linguist confirms it (see
Some quotes:

"The documentary film “The Linguists” premiered at Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews in February 2008, and is now appearing at film festivals across the country [i.e. U.S.A.]. It features David Harrison, Associate Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College and Greg Anderson, Director of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages.  Prof. Noam Chomsky has characterized the film as ‘A breathtaking thrill ride through the landscape of language.’"

Variety“A two-man mission to document the world’s endangered tongues becomes a fleet-footed study of human communication and its limitless structural and functional possibilities. 

Vanity Fair: “…a fantastic little film that follows professors David Harrison and Gregory Anderson as they crisscross the globe on a mission to document languages on the verge of extinction. From the depths of Siberia to the high reaches of Bolivia, the pair is relentless in their goal, displaying a remarkable patience for interviewing deaf nonagenarians who are frequently the only surviving speakers. While this might all sound horribly sleep-inducing, the excitement of these two professors proves contagious, and as the film reveals how cultural shame and colonialism have factored in the loss of these languages, their incredible dedication becomes all the more compelling.”

If you’ll watch it, have fun!

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  1. Brenda

    I have heard a lot about this documentary and have been waiting to see it. It is on kcpt but only odd hours. Poor job by kcpt. Is there any other way to see it asap?

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