September 26, 2007

What's so funny about endangered languages?

There seems to be a perfect media storm gathering around K. David Harrison and his efforts to bring attention to endangered language research (see here, and follow the link to the comments). Though it doesn't (yet) appear on his press page, David was interviewed by Stephen Colbert last night on The Colbert Report -- follow the link and see the video. (You may still be able to catch the re-run tonight.)

The show was introduced like so:

Tonight -- half the world's languages have gone extinct. I tell them: "good riddance" and "adios".

C'mon, it's a little funny. Especially from a man who changed his name so that it's pronounced with a "soft t".

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Posted by Eric Bakovic at September 26, 2007 09:00 PM