Tucker Childs - Documenting Dying Languages in West Africa





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Uploaded on Nov 6, 2009

Join us for a Berglund Center Roundtable presentation featuring Tucker Childs, Professor of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University. This Roundtable introduces a project documenting a dying language in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where a civil war has destroyed whatever infrastructure once existed in a place where no roads ever reached. Only twenty elderly speakers of the language are still extant, making this project an urgent operation as it is the only chance to document the language before it disappears entirely. This project has been Internet enabled and many problems have arisen due to the dusty, windy, humid conditions of the area and uncomfortable temperatures, as well as the constant battle of finding a reliable, portable power source. To view the full video, please visit the Berglund Center Roundtable site at: http://bcis.pacificu.edu/. The Berglund Center for Internet Studies is a part of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

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