Film Evaluation-the Linguists
Linguists Film Analysis
1. Why do linguists study languages, and what is lost when a language dies?
Figure out possible ways the human mind can make sense of the world around it. Some unique way of seeing the world could be lost.
2. What areas do Gregory and David choose when they are looking for languages to research?
Areas most in need and areas with history of colonization. India, Bolivia, and Siberia are some examples.
3. Who typically stops speaking the indigenous language, and why do you think that is?
Often children, because they integrate into a more popular language. They do this for an economic advantage.
4. What has been the role of boarding schools on the …show more content…
There are many steps that people, like Gregory and David, are taking to preserve languages. For instance, the act of elicitation is the process of sharing and getting a comprehensive description of a language. In the film, the two researchers used this process for a particular language of interest called Sora. They were able to learn the customs and culture of the indigenous group. Also there are linguistic refuge areas which are areas protected by isolation or inhospitable environmental conditions in which a language or dialect has survived. Even