Saturday, January 31, 2004

Klaatu Barada Nikto

New Scientist has an interesting interview with linguist Alexandra Aikhenvald about dying languages. She's got a bit of insight into what else is lost when a language disappears... how in addition to losing cultural identity and historical lore, we might also be losing unique ways of thinking about things.

Hrrmmm... I guess it's rather telling that when I think about lost languages, the first two that come to mind are elven and dwarven.