Bob Holman's 'Language Matters' (PBS) on the world's 3000 endangered languages
A beautiful and important PBS documentary in which Bob Holman carries forward the fight to save endangered languages (3000 of them) and their attendant poetries. Language Matters asks what we lose when languages die, and how we can save them. Writes Norman MacAfee in The Huntington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/let-the-world-speak_b_65382):
There are 6,000 languages in the world, and half are endangered. Those 3,000 will be gone by the end of this century if we don't do something. What are we going to do? That is the situation outlined in a new PBS documentary, Language Matters with Bob Holman, by David Grubin and Bob Holman. Why is saving endangered languages important?
These 3,000 endangered languages are part of the history, and the prehistory, of humanity. They are part of prehistory because many are only spoken languages, not written, passed orally from generation to generation, down the millennia.
Rupert Manmurulu (Australia) and Bob Holman; credit: PBS, Language Matters with Bob Holman
"As the linguist David Crystal writes, 'Each language is a vision of the world. Each language says something different about what it means to be human compared with any other language.'"
A great step forward toward a new & revitalized ethnopoetics.