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LIVING TONGUES PRESIDENT
Dr. Gregory D.S. Anderson, Ph.D.

Founder and Director of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, a non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation, revitalization, and maintenance of endangered languages, Dr. Anderson specializes in the languages of Siberia and tribal languages of India. He has degrees in Linguistics from Harvard (A. B. 1989) and the University of Chicago (PhD 2000), and has conducted extensive fieldwork into the languages of the Altai Sayan group and among speakers of Munda languages in India. Greg has done fieldwork in Nigeria on Eleme, on Koro Aka, Hruso and other Tibeto-Burman languages in Arunachal Pradesh, in Bolivia on Kallawaya and Chipaya, in Paraguay on Yshyr (Chamacoco), Mak'a and Toba-Qom, on nearly a dozen languages belonging to eight different families in Papua New Guinea, in Chile on Tsesungun (Hulliche), and in Oregon on Siletz Dee-Ni. He has published widely in the fields of historical linguistics, descriptive grammar, morphology, verb typology, and the linguistics of Munda, Salishan, and Ogonoid languages.

 
Selected Descriptive, Theoretical and Typological Papers

Gregory D. S. Anderson, editor. 2008. The Munda Languages. Routledge Language Family Series. London: Routledge (Taylor and Francis).

Gregory D. S. Anderson. 2008a. Gtaʔ. In G. D. S. Anderson (ed.) The Munda Languages. Routledge Language Family Series. London: Routledge.

Gregory D. S. Anderson and K. David Harrison. 2008a.  Sora. In G. D. S. Anderson (ed.) The Munda Languages. Routledge Language Family Series. London: Routledge. 299-380.

Gregory D. S. Anderson and K. David Harrison. 2008b. Remo (Bonda). In G. D. S. Anderson (ed.) The Munda Languages. Routledge Language Family Series. London: Routledge. 557-632.

Gregory D. S. Anderson, Toshiki Osada and K. David Harrison. 2008. Ho and the other Kherwarian languages. In G. D. S. Anderson (ed.) The Munda Languages. Routledge Language Family Series. London: Routledge. 195-255.

Gregory D. S. Anderson and Felix Rau. 2008. Gorum. In G. D. S. Anderson (ed.) The Munda Languages. Routledge Language Family Series. London: Routledge. 381-433

Gregory D. S. Anderson. 2008. Review of Irina Nikolaeva’s A Historical Dictionary of Yukaghir. In Diachronica XXV (3): 454-467.

Gregory D. S. Anderson. 2009. Auxiliary Verb Constructions. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Revised edition, paperback.

Gregory D. S. Anderson and Ganesh Murmu. 2010. Preliminary notes on Koro: a 'hidden' language of Arunachal Pradesh. Indian Linguistics 71: 1-32.

Gregory D. S. Anderson. 2010. Perspectives on the global language extinction crisis: The Oklahoma and Eastern Siberia Language Hotspots. In Revue Roumaine de Linguistique LV.2: 128-142.

Gregory D. S. Anderson. 2011a. Language Hotspots: what (applied) linguistics and education should do about language endangerment in the twenty-first century. In Language and Education 25.4: 273-289.

Gregory D. S. Anderson. 2011b. Auxiliary Verb Constructions in the Languages of Africa. In Studies in African Linguistics 39.2

BOOKS INCLUDE:

"Language Contact in South Central Siberia" (2005)
"Auxiliary Verb Constructions" (2006)
"The Munda Verb: Typological Perspectives" (2007)
"Munda Languages" (2008)
 

LIVING TONGUES VICE PRESIDENT
Dr. K. David Harrison, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College and Director of Research for the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages. His research focuses on endangered and little-documented languages, with primary emphasis on Turkic languages of Inner Asia (Central Siberia and Western Mongolia). To date, he has investigated Tuvan, Tsengel Tuvan, Tofa, Ös (Middle Chulym), Tuha (Dukha), and Monchak. In 2005, he began fieldwork on three Munda languages of Northeast India, in 2006 on the Siletz Dee-ni language of Oregon, and in 2007 on the Kallawaya language of Bolivia.

As a theoretician, David focuses on phonology (sound structures) and morphology (word structures). As a field linguist, he adopts the position that languages exist solely within a cultural matrix, and must be studied holistically and in their natural context. This means that in addition to studying abstract structures in the mind (such as grammar), he is keenly interested in what people have to say and how languages shape the structure of human knowledge.

His ethnographic research looks at indigenous knowledge, folklore, oral epics, and knowledge systems. Much of this research is described in his recent book "When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World's Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge".
"The Last Speakers . . . The Quest to Save the World's Most Endangered Languages "   (2010)

(Available in hardcover or Kindle format at Amazon.com)

RECENT WORK & CURRENT PROJECTS:
Selected Descriptive, Theoretical and Typological Papers

 
 

LIVING TONGUES TREASURER
Jonathan M. Anderson, Esq.

Jonathan M. Anderson, has served as our principal financial officer since August 2008 and as our legal counsel since our inception. Jonathan currently advises small businesses and financial sponsors on matters of corporate and finance law in Palo Alto, California and brings years of legal and financial expertise and experience to the Living Tongues table. Jonathan received his Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law in 1996 and his B.A. degree in German Studies from Amherst College in 1991.

 
 

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