Screening: The Linguists

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February 13, 2013 @ 6:00 pm
February 13, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
Murphey Hall, Room 116
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Greg Anderson and David Harrison are scientists racing to document languages on the verge of extinction. Filmed in Siberia, India, and Bolivia, this documentary confronts the very forces silencing languages: institutionalized racism and violent economic unrest. The linguists’ journey takes them deep into the heart of threatened cultures and knowledge.

The Linguists, world premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, went on to win many awards. Noam Chomsky calls it “a breathtaking thrill ride through the landscape of language” and the film has inspired many people around the world to get involved in language documentation. Greg Anderson is the founder of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, and one of the institute’s project coordinators, Anna Luisa Daigneault, will be present at the screening to introduce the film and to do a Q&A about endangered language documentation after the film.

This screening is presented by the UNC Undergraduate Linguist Club, Underling.

To view a trailer and get more information on the documentary, visit

Also visit the Underling Facebook page for more information.

languages, linguistics
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