Join Global Washington and Microsoft at MOHAI for a special showing of The Linguists featuring a discussion with protagonist David Harrison
The Linguists (2008) is an Emmy-nominated documentary film about language extinction and language documentation. It follows two linguists, Greg Anderson of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages and David Harrison of Swarthmore College, as they travel around the world to collect recordings of some of the last speakers of three dying languages: Chulym in Siberia; Sora in Orissa, India; and Kallawaya in Bolivia.
Dr. David Harrison is a linguist, author, and activist for the documentation and preservation of endangered languages teaching at Swarthmore College and affiliated with the National Geographic Society. His research focuses on the Turkic languages of central Siberia and western Mongolia. He serves as director of research for the non-profit Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages.
This fall he is a visiting researcher at Microsoft and will be giving a brief presentation following the film and then will open it up for Q & A with the audience.