Scientists estimate that of 7,000 languages in the world, half will be gone by the end of this century. On average, one language disappears every two weeks.
The Linguists follows David Harrison and Gregory Anderson, scientists racing to document languages on the verge of extinction. David and Greg’s ‘round-the-world journey takes them deep into the heart of the cultures, knowledge, and communities at risk when a language dies.
David and Greg travel to places such as Siberia, India, and Bolivia.
Dr. Gregory D. S. Anderson received his formal training in Linguistics at Harvard University (A.B.) and University of Chicago (Ph.D.). He worked for several years teaching Linguistics at University of Manchester and since 2003 has served as the Founding Director of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, a nonprofit that helps bridge the digital divide between first-world and under-served indigenous communities.
Dr. K. David Harrison is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College, where he also teaches courses in Anthropology and Cognitive Science. He is the Director of Research and Co-founder of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages. He received his doctorate from Yale University in 2000. His dissertation describes the language of Tuvan nomads of South Siberia, where he spent a year in the field living with nomads, learning the language, and absorbing the culture