Language Revival MOOC
We know that Babel readers are a voracious bunch, always in need of linguistic nourishment. So we thought we would introduce you to one of the many MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses - that allow you to learn more about languages and linguistics.
Language Revival: Securing the Future of Endangered Languages is a free course that introduces students to how the world's endangered languages can be revived. It looks at why these languages are imporatnt for the preservation of cultural identity and investigates the key principles and techniques of the language revival movement, which aims to counteract linguicide.
The course is run by Ghil'ad Zuvkermann, a revivalistics expert, and Rob Amery, a specialist in Aboriginal languages, and looks at why and how languages should be revived, taking in history, human rights, identity and wellbeing.
You can follow Language Revival's Facebook page to keep up to date on the latest instalments of the course. There are also several Babel articles on the topic of language revival, which may help in your revision!
♦In Babel No. 3, Tim Brookes discusses the unusual steps he has taken to record some of the world's most endangered alphabets.
♦In Babel No. 8, Christopher Lewin discusses the Celtic language of Manx, and how it has been revived in the Isle of Man.
♦In Babel No. 9, K. David Harrison explores how people are saving language through digital media.
♦Also in Babel No. 9, Chase Garcia and An Nguyen describe the work San Diego high school students are doing to help maintain linguistic diversity.
Do get in touch with Babel through Facebook and Twitter to let us know how you get on with the course or about other language and linguistics MOOCs that you have enjoyed. And best of luck with your studies!