Native Languages

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  1. I attended the Beringia Days Conference a month or so ago. Aron Crowell of the Smithsonian Institution (Arctic Studies Center) shared some videos of the Denaina language lessons they have been creating, and I’ve been trying to get the link for this group. Here’s his answer…
    Michele–
    We will let you know when the three Dena’ina pieces are posted on Smithsonian itunes, hopefully next week. We just finished a bit of re-editing.
    You can view a version of one of them now at:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/institution/smithsonian-national-museum/id393005739
    Select the “Recovering Voices” collection.
    However, the revised three dialogues that will get posted here soon have less introductory material and also include a different format, in which the Dena’ina phrases are repeated three times, once with English + Dena’ina transcription, once with just Dena’ina transcription, and once with no transcription.
    Thanks for your interest in this–
    Aron
    ——
    It takes a little work to find the piece under that “Recovering Voices” link, but I hope anyone connected with native languages can share it. It’s a whole lot of work, but very inspiring to see what the Smithsonian is doing. I truly believe that TPRS/CI could help save these languages, if we could only keep spreading it, but in the meantime, these efforts are hopeful and at the very least walk the talk by putting resources into the fight to save them.

  2. This is great news I love Amerindian languages having learned Guarani in Paraguay I love the prospect of seeing all human communication placed on the same table of legitimacy!

  3. As many of you know, my son Daniel teaches Breton using TPRS in Brittany. Many of the people who come to him for lessons are retired and they want to learn to speak their parents’ native tongue before it’s too late. Older generations were punished for speaking Breton in school and eventually stopped speaking it to their children. He has had people who, after years of “memorize the vocabulary and the grammar” lessons, come to him in tears because after six months of TPRS they were able to carry on a conversation in Breton with their parents.

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