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WHO WE ARE

LIVING TONGUES OFFICERS

INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE ACTIVISTS

Andrés Ozuna
Yshyr Chamacoco tribe of Paraguay 2009-

Rudolf Raward
Matugar Panau tribe of Papua New Guinea 2009-

Dr. Gracious Temsen
Khasi tribe, Minor Varieties of Khasi Project 2010-

Mark Franco
Winnemem Wintu tribe of California 2010-

Dr. Bhubaneshwar Sawaiyan
Ho tribe, Ho Language Project 2010

 

 

Why are languages going extinct so rapidly?

Languages are abandoned when speakers come to think of them as socially inferior, tied to the past, traditional, backward, or economically stagnant. The current rapid decline of approximately one language every two weeks appears to be unprecedented in human history.


What does humanity lose when a language dies?

A vast repository of human knowledge about the natural world, plants, animals, ecosystems, and cultural traditions is in the language. Every language contains the collective history of an entire people.

LIVING TONGUES FELLOWS

Danielle Barth
Matugar Panau Project 2010-2011

Anna Pucilowski
Ho Language Project 2008-2009

Don Daniels
Panim Language Project 2010

Sophie Salffner
Nigeria Projects Coordinator 2012 -

 

LIVING TONGUES ASSOCIATES

Anna Luisa Daigneault
Latin America Projects Coordinator 2009-
Development Officer 2011-

Jeremy Fahringer
Enduring Voices Project Manager 2009-
Information Technology Specialist
Language Hotspots Project
Talking Dictionaries Project

Opino Gomango
Sora Language Project 2007-
Local Project Coordinator/Field Researcher-Remo project 2010-
Local Project Coordinator/Field Researcher-Gta’ project 2010-

Dr. Ganesh Murmu
Koro Documentation Project 2008-
Munda Languages Project 2007-

 

 

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Ethics
In accordance with the Federal Policy on the Protection of Human Subjects (DHHS Policy 45 CFR Part 46, effective August 19, 1991), the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages assumes the responsibility for the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects who participate in research and other activity projects conducted by, or under the supervision of, its staff and associates. The Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages has adopted a clear policy and has publicly posted a statement of research ethics that covers types of informed consent, safeguards to ensure the confidentiality of project participants, and the kinds of assumed risks that such projects entail. Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages has an established protocol to ensure that all projects conducted under its institutional banner are subject to an extensive process of internal review as well as meeting stated policies of external funding agencies and collaborating or host institutions. We obtain written and/or oral (filmed) consent from all consultants for the use of all elicited data. Community ownership of intellectual property is a primary consideration in all our work. We repatriate copies of all material we collect to the communities of origin. We give individual contributors the ability to limit or restrict access to their intellectual property as they see fit, and fully credit them in any publication.

The Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated solely to the documentation, maintenance, and revitalization of endangered languages globally. It develops and manages linguist-aided, community-led projects that promote the use of digital video, computers, and other modern information technology. Staff members of Living Tongues Institute have successfully completed funded projects in India, Siberia, Native North America, Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Mongolia and India. Salaries and benefits of Living Tongues Institute staff are wholly supported by grants and public donations.

The Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages seeks to facilitate dialogue between indigenous communities and the larger global community through informational awareness and bridging the technology gap between these worlds, allowing indigenous minority speech community members to integrate with, rather than assimilate to, the majority language communities, and to provide opportunities for such under-represented communities to cross the digital divide. Capacity building through technical training is a key part of realizing these aims.
 
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Your 100% tax deductible contribution can help us preserve valuable information for future generations in the specialized knowledge contained in endangered languages. Please consider Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, when planning your charitable giving. We rely solely on the generosity of donors and grants to fund our field expeditions, publications, and assistance to indigenous communities struggling for cultural survival.

 

 

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