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The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World's Most Endangered Languages


Super Savings Item! Save 31% on the The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World's Most Endangered Languages by National Geographic at Translate This Website. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. 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,


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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. From The Last Speakers Click on the photos below to open larger images. Cyril Ninnal, of the Yek Nangu clan, relates the Murrinh-Patha dreaming story of the headless man depicted here in ancient rock art near Wadeye, Northern Territory, Australia. Photo by K. David Harrison Monchaks of western Mongolia sing to goats while milking them.Photo by Kelly J. Richardson Christina Yimasinant, of the Yimas people, a speaker of the endangered Karim language, Karawari region, Papua New Guinea.Photo by Chris Rainier Luis Kolisi, a speaker of the endangered Yokoim language of Papua New Guinea.Photo by Chris Rainier Antonio Condori (left), with his son Illarion Ramos Condori (center), both Kallawaya healers, talking with K. David Harrison (right) in Chary village, northern Bolivia, June 2007.Photo by Gregory Anderson Linguists K. David Harrison and Greg Anderson with Charlie Mangulda, the last known Amurdag speaker, in Mount Borradaile, Australia.Photo by Chris Rainier Linguist K. David Harrison working in Matugar village, Madang province, Papua New Guinea, with Panau speakers John Agid (left) and Hickey Willie (right). Panau is spoken by fewer than 500 people.Photo by Chris Rainier Nedmit, a speaker of the endangered Monchak language in Mongolia, demonstrates to linguist K. David Harrison how to make a horse hobble.Photo by Kelly J. Richardson

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Manufacturer:National Geographic
Publisher:National Geographic
Studio:National Geographic
EAN:9781426204616
Item Weight:1.05 pounds
Item Size:0.99 x 9.28 x 9.28 inches
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