Language Extinction

Cultural anthropologist Wade Davis has investigated zombies in Haiti, lived with tribes in the Amazon and Andes, and explored vanishing indigenous cultures from Borneo to east Africa. He has been the inspiration for three episodes of the television series The X Files.

[...] He said that every two weeks, somewhere in the world, an elder died and carried to the grave the last syllables of an ancient tongue. “Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind,” he said [...] many people thought the loss of languages and cultures was natural. ”But it’s just not true [...]

Read the rest at The Sidney Morning Herald

For world explorer, loss of language speaks for itself
Robert Upe
September 13, 2011

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