Globalization and the Vanishing Voices of the World

Language extinction is a slow but sure process. I have always been intrigued by that sad reality. This was rekindled after I watched a performance of Lena Herzog’s “Last Whispers” at the Kennedy Center, DC yesterday.A three-part immersive audio/visual/virtual reality oratorio on extinct and endangered languages, “Last Whispers” is a composition of both spoken and sung recordings of about 40 extinct and endangered languages among which:Ahom, ChinaAyoreo, ParaguayBathari, OmanLxcatec, MexicoDalabon, AustraliaGreat Andamanese, IndiaIngrian, RussiaKotiria, BrasilKoyukon, AlaskaOngota, EthiopiaThat presentation reawakened the reality of endangered languages and I couldn’t help but reflect on the causes and effects of the gradual disappearance of...
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