https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kristinemc

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."

October 30, 2014

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheBryce

Wouldn't it be crazy if you could bring her to your HQ and make a course?

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kristinemc

That would be pretty amazing. I'm in such awe of this story.

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dr.Manhattan95

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.

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Artilex

me 2

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gevgever

People who also know the language can take part

October 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KansasBurri

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?

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Albrechtion

In the video, she was also translating stories/texts into the language, so that would help preserve the grammar, although maybe not perfectly.

November 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arthurva

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!

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

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! :)

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Artilex

She is just epic

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/samjurgy

This is so amazing! Learning a language, to me, is something so powerful!

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Isrianth

It's a beautiful story.

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

Brilliant, thanks kristinemc for sharing that.

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Whle_

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.

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

I haven't heard of this before so thank you for sharing! I'm going to go hop off to watch it now :D

October 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ijoni

When I first saw this, it made me cry!

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Artilex

This is a wonderful story

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kplife

Touching!! Thank you for sharing Kristine.

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ariane31fabian

This story is so amazing! That woman must be really determined and clever do do that.

October 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SilvioKee

haha I thought all the time "back-up!", "do a back-up of your work!", "use a cloud-backup!" :-). Great work!

October 31, 2014
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