Vanishing Voices: Reflections on Documenting Endangered Languages Collaboratively
Cambridge in America invites you to join us for a richly illustrated lecture from Dr. Mark Turin (Fellow, Hughes Hall).
Drawing on over two decades of fieldwork in the Himalayan region, Dr Mark Turin will discuss the challenges faced by small-scale societies whose oral speech forms—and the knowledge systems that they encode—are increasingly at risk of disappearing without record. In the second part of the talk, our speaker turns to the World Oral Literature Project, an initiative that he established to help local communities and fieldworkers collaborate in the collection and preservation of all forms of oral literature.
Wednesday, Febrary 12
New York City
Details to come
Mark Turin is a linguist, anthropologist and broadcaster. He is Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist in South Asian Studies at Yale University and Program Director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative. From 2009-2012, he was a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He continues to hold a fellowship at Hughes Hall, and directs both Digital Himalaya and the World Oral Literature Project about which he will speak.
Mark is the author or co-author of four books, the editor of seven volumes, the co-editor of the journal Himalaya and also edits a new book series on oral literature with the Cambridge-based Open Book Publishers. Mark is a regular BBC presenter on issues of linguistic diversity and language endangerment, and will be leaving Yale in July 2014 to accept a Chair at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.