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Endangered languages – Why do they matter?

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As part of the Arts and Learning 2017 theme of subcultures Dr Mandana Seyfeddinipur, Head of the Endangered Languages Archive at SOAS University and Director of the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, will present a talk on endangered languages in Asia and the importance of preserving them before they become extinct. She has argued that it’s in the interest of mankind to save the languages that are at risk.

Nearly half of the 7,000 languages spoken around the world today will have fallen silent by the end of this century due to globalisation and urbanisation. Of these 7,000 languages, half now have fewer than 10,000 speakers, with these 3,500 languages being spoken by just 0.1 per cent of the world’s population – equivalent to a city the size of London.

A specialist in language use and multimodality, Dr Seyfeddinipur was educated at the Freie Universitaet, Berlin, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen and at Stanford University.

She teaches courses and classes on the visual mode of language, the use of video in language documentation and fieldwork, ELAN annotation, psychology of language, and language use.

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April 6, 2017
18:45 - 20:00
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