News in Brief: “The Young Ancestors” Film, LDLT3, Indigenous Language Student Brief, Languages in Columbia

The Young Ancestors” is a film in progress about a small group of Native Americans who are learning their heritage language Tewa (tew). Currently in the post-production stage, the project is raising funds to complete the film. Inspired by a post Posed on Womanist Musings.

The Website for Language Documentation & Linguistic Theory 3 is now up. With a theme of “‘Empirical methodologies that drive forward theory building,” the conference will be held November 19 to 20 at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK. If you can, arrange an extra day, November 18, for the Workshop on Language Documentation and Archiving.

Heritage Languages in America has produced a brief titled “Indigenous Language Students from Spanish-Speaking Countries: Educational Approaches.” Written by Hannah Pick, Walt Wolfram, and Jacqueline López, the brief overviews situations in which Latin American immigrant children in the US transition from their home language to English, losing their native tongue. Contrary to common perceptions, some do not speak Spanish.

In conjunction with International Mother Language Day, the Ministry of Culture of Columbia released a report (English) on February 21 listing five languages as nearly extinct because there are less than 60 speakers. The languages are: Carijona (cbd), PisamiraTinigua (tit), with only one speaker, Nonuya and Totoro (ttk). Of the approximately 70 languages in Columbia, about half have less than 1000 speakers. Inspired by the mini-post at Native Strength and “Five Colombian Indigenous Languages ‘Nearly Extinct,’” a post with a map of Columbia on the Indian Country Today Media Network.

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