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Navajo Gets Help from UMASS Professor

mathias | April 4, 2011

Professor Margaret “Peggy” Speas of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is doing all she can to help Navajo, a language with several tens of thousands of speakers, but few younger speakers (around 5% of speakers). She learned about Navajo in graduate school studying under the famous Ken Hale. She founded a non-profit for Navajo, [...]

Jessie Little Doe Baird Gives a Talk on Reviving Wampanoag

mathias | February 17, 2011

Meet, Native language linguistics legend and Jessie “Little Doe” Baird, if you haven’t heard of her already. She wrote grammar on Wampanoag (a centuries extinct dialect of the Algonquian, Massachusett-Wampanoag language) from a translation of the Bible and some other early missionary works – Jessie Little Doe Fermino. 2000. “An Introduction to Wampanoag Grammar,” Massachusetts [...]

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