The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World's Most Endangered Languages

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Part travelogue and part scientist's notebook, The Last Speakers is the poignant chronicle of author K. David Harrison's expeditions around the world to meet with last speakers of vanishing languages. The speakers' eloquent reflections and candid photographs reveal little-known lifeways as well as revitalization efforts to teach disappearing languages to younger generations. Thought-provoking and engaging, this unique book illuminates the global language-extinction crisis through photos, graphics, interviews, traditional wisdom never before translated into English, and first-person essays that thrillingly convey the adventure of science and exploration.

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Cyril Ninnal, of the Yek Nangu clan, relates the Murrinh-Patha dreaming story of the headless man depicted here in ancient rock art near Wadeye, Northern Territory, Australia.
Photo by K. David Harrison
Monchaks of western Mongolia sing to goats while milking them.
Photo by Kelly J. Richardson
Christina Yimasinant, of the Yimas people, a speaker of the endangered Karim language, Karawari region, Papua New Guinea.
Photo by Chris Rainier
Luis Kolisi, a speaker of the endangered Yokoim language of Papua New Guinea.
Photo by Chris Rainier

Antonio Condori (left), with his son Illarion Ramos Condori (center), both Kallawaya healers, talking with K. David Harrison (right) in Chary village, northern Bolivia, June 2007.
Photo by Gregory Anderson
Linguists K. David Harrison and Greg Anderson with Charlie Mangulda, the last known Amurdag speaker, in Mount Borradaile, Australia.
Photo by Chris Rainier
Linguist K. David Harrison working in Matugar village, Madang province, Papua New Guinea, with Panau speakers John Agid (left) and Hickey Willie (right). Panau is spoken by fewer than 500 people.
Photo by Chris Rainier
Nedmit, a speaker of the endangered Monchak language in Mongolia, demonstrates to linguist K. David Harrison how to make a horse hobble.
Photo by Kelly J. Richardson

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K. David Harrison, a National Geographic Society fellow, travels around the world to interview last speakers of nearly extinct tongues. He is a leading spokesman for endangered languages and co-stars in the Sundance documentary film The Linguists. Harrison received his doctorate from Yale University, is currently an associate professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College, and resides in Philadelphia.

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