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News Release 09-025

"The Linguists" Premieres at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris

Documentary film highlights endangered languages in Siberia, India and Bolivia

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Photo of linguists with native speaker.

In Bolivia, linguists David Harrison and Gregory Anderson worked to document a language once spoken by healers to the Inca emperor.

Credit: Ironbound Films, Inc.

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Linguist David Harrison of Swarthmore College discusses the documentary, "The Linguists." Harrison and Gregory Anderson of the Living Tongues Institute were the subjects of the film, which follows their efforts to record endangered languages and understand the cultural and political pressures threatening their extinction.

Credit: National Science Foundation


Producer-director Seth Kramer reflects on what "The Linguists" offers to film audiences, and how the experience of filming it was surprising and enlightening.

Credit: National Science Foundation


Producer-director Daniel A. Miller describes the film's premiere at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and what audiences around the world are taking away with them.

Credit: National Science Foundation