The Importance of Protecting Endangered Languages Explained by Daniel Kaufman

April 18, 2016

The Immigrant Languages of New York City - webcast

WBUR Radio, 'Here and Now,' 4.18.16
"Everybody wants their children to continue their culture, but the fear is even more serious when the culture itself is not being passed down even back home," said Daniel Kaufman, professor of linguistics at the Graduate Center of the University of New York. "It can become illegal to speak your language. Children can be beaten in school if they're caught speaking their language." Kaufman is founder of the Endangered Language Alliance, which is working to identify and record dying languages.