The Last Speakers

The Last Speakers

The Quest to Save the World's Most Endangered Languages

Book - 2010
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Part travelogue and part scientist's notebook, The Last Speakers is the poignant chronicle of author K. David Harrison's expeditions around the world to meet with last speakers of vanishing languages. The speakers' eloquent reflections and candid photographs reveal little-known lifeways as well as revitalization efforts to teach disappearing languages to younger generations. Thought-provoking and engaging, this unique book illuminates the global language-extinction crisis through photos, graphics, interviews, traditional wisdom never before translated into English, and first-person essays that thrillingly convey the adventure of science and exploration.

Baker & Taylor
The author chronicles his globe-trotting expeditions to meet with the last speakers of vanishing languages and records the speakers' reflections and their efforts to teach the languages to younger generations.

Book News
Harrison, co-star of the Sundance feature film The Linguists and National Geographic Society fellow, travels the globe recording dying languages and interviewing last speakers. He chronicles his journeys to "language hotspots," (areas with great linguistic variety, much of which is endangered) in Australia, India, Papua New Guinea and Bolivia, in a personal narrative style, weaving methodology and linguistic theory with compelling arguments for the power of language and necessity of preserving its diversity. Includes a small selection of color photographs and a glossary. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Part travelogue and part scientist's notebook, The Last Speakers is the poignant chronicle of author K. David Harrison's expeditions around the world to meet with last speakers of vanishing languages. The speakers' eloquent reflections and candid photographs reveal little-known lifeways as well as revitalization efforts to teach disappearing languages to younger generations. Thought-provoking and engaging, this unique book illuminates the global language-extinction crisis through photos, graphics, interviews, traditional wisdom never before translated into English, and first-person essays that thrillingly convey the adventure of science and exploration. - Publisher.
The author chronicles his globe-trotting expeditions to meet with the last speakers of vanishing languages and records the speakers' reflections and their efforts to teach the languages to younger generations, in a book with photos of the speakers, graphics and two maps.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2010
ISBN: 9781426204616
Branch Call Number: 408.9 HAR
Characteristics: 302 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), col. map, ports. (some col.) ;,24 cm.

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May 19, 2011

Part travelogue, this crusader has travelled in the remotest areas of the world to record languages on the brink of extinction. Whether in the freezing cold fronts of Siberia, the barren desert of Mongolia, in the dry Chaco region of Paraguay, the author most probably is on a quixotic quest for their survival. Admire his tenacity and his determination!

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