A Field Linguist Fights against Time

A recent story published in the New York Times describes field linguist Tucker Child’s attempt to catalog and preserve Kim, a language of Sierra Leon with only two dozen native speakers. The article goes on to say that around 2,000 of the world’s 6,000 languages are African, and that many of them risk extinction. Read the whole story here, and consider the cultural ramifications of globalization and language preservation.

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