Marie’s Dictionary

This short documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive.

Light Warlpiri, A Newly Discovered Australian Mixed Language

Linguist Carmel O'Shannessy wrote to the journal Language of a newly discovered language, Light Warlpiri. Her correspondence, "The role of multiple sources in the formation of an innovative auxiliary category in Light Warlpiri, a new Australian mixed language," documents 300 people in a remote desert community about 644 kilometres from Katherine, a town in Australia’s... Continue Reading →

What’s Wrong With Anthropology?

In December, I linked up Ann Gibbons' article in Science about anthropology's poor reception in the scientific community. I forgot to mention that months before that, in August, Kiplinger named anthropology "the worst major for your career." Two months later, Forbes followed suite and ranked "anthropology and archaeology," as the No. 1 on its list of "worst... Continue Reading →

Google Supports The Endangered Languages Project

On this site, we've covered endangered languages before, and in doing so we discussed the challenges faced in trying to preserve these priceless forms of cultural heritage and expression. It is a daunting task. I am happy to announce that Google has decided to help out the cause by funding and launching the Endangered Languages Project. The... Continue Reading →

Anthropocene Now?

By Jay Fancher To paraphrase Carl Sagan, science has a way of deflating human conceits.  Anthropology reveals that humans are special - just not for many of the reasons proposed throughout our history.  Thanks to biology, astronomy, and geology, we now know that: Modern humans are one species among many, not the pinnacle of all... Continue Reading →

Ancient Greek Dialect Discovered in Northeastern Turkey

A quick bit of linguistic anthropology to round off your Wednesday afternoon. Greek linguist, Ioanna Sitaridou, located a population of people in Northeastern Turkish villages, near the Black Sea (or Pontus), speaking the Romeyka dialect of ancient Greek. Ancient Greek has not been in use for thousands of years, so a finding like this can give... Continue Reading →

The AAA Does Away With Science, Seriously

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is a strange organization. I often wonder how it operates, but then I realize I don't even wanna know because there's often no real logic to their madness. Take into consideration these cases: Case 1: About 4 years ago the AAA decided to close access to almost all their journals,... Continue Reading →

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