Inspirational short doc on keeping a language alive...
Marie's Dictionary from Go Project Films: https://vimeo.com/105673207
"This short documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive."
Please! There must be a way we can contact her. This would get Duolingo all kinds of publicity! People would be coming here to rescue their dying languages.
Wow. Really inspirational. Is there anything about grammar though? I'm asking because if you string words together from a direct english sentence you'll get a sentence wrong? Or is she working on something like that too?
In the video, she was also translating stories/texts into the language, so that would help preserve the grammar, although maybe not perfectly.
Hi Kristine, This is just amazing! There must be hundreds of tribal languages in America, and the same is true for many countries. It is wonderful to see the old lady fired up and driven to get it down.. Brilliant short film - only too short!
In Australia I think there are languages that are dying out too for lack of people to speak them. These languages are a part of our World heritage - part of the richness of our history. Beautiful to see it so preserved!
This is spectacular! It's so inspirational that someone would do this to keep their language alive! Now I want to learn this language, maybe I will when the dictionary is available! :)
Beautiful. Is there anyway to access the dictionary? I'd love to examine a few example texts, find correlations in the grammar and be able to make a little guide on basic Wukchumni.
I haven't heard of this before so thank you for sharing! I'm going to go hop off to watch it now :D
This story is so amazing! That woman must be really determined and clever do do that.