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Why Save a Language?

University of Montana Film makers highlight the causes and hardships of language loss for Native Americans.

Professor David Crystal

Professor David Crystal is a writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster from the United Kingdom. Professor Crystal's work is in the field of applied linguistics, particularly the application to religious, educational and clinical contexts. Here Crystal talks about the revival of the Welsh language and how minority languages might be protected.

Ofelia Zepedia: Desert Voices

An internationally renowned poet, Ofelia Zepeda was a key player in steering through the U.S. Congress the 1990 Native American Languages Act, which gave hope to indigenous language activists around the world. In this piece from the University of Arizona News, Zepeda talks of her efforts to preserve and revitalize the world's many endangered languages. She is considered one of the most prominent voices in the field.

Introducing the Endangered Languages Project

The Endangered Languages Project is a website for people to find and share the most up-to-date and comprehensive information about the over 3,000 endangered languages of the world.

Dreaming in Different Tongues

The 2011 Voices of Berkeley keynot event, a panel discussion on language and the way we think. Moderated by Geoff Nunberg. Panelists include scholars Lera Boroditsky and Lily Wong Fillmore, author and Cal alumna Maxine Hong Kingston, and  actor and Cal alumnus John Cho.

European Journal – Ireland: Will the Irish Language Survive?

Gaelic is Ireland's first language. It is designated as such in the constitution and is a mandatory subject in schools. In some regions of western Ireland, it's still in daily use. But in the capital, Dublin, although Irish can be seen on street signs, hardly anyone speaks it. Ireland's national authority for the preservation of Irish Gaelic is doing all it can to keep the language alive. 

Languages Matter!

This video was produced by the UNESCO Liaison Office in New York in 2010, on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day, to raise awareness on the importance on languages today.