Professor David Crystal is a writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster from the United Kingdom. Professor Crystal's work is in the field of applied linguistics, particularly the application to religious, educational and clinical contexts. Here Crystal talks about the revival of the Welsh language and how minority languages might be protected.
An internationally renowned poet, Ofelia Zepeda was a key player in steering through the U.S. Congress the 1990 Native American Languages Act, which gave hope to indigenous language activists around the world. In this piece from the University of Arizona News, Zepeda talks of her efforts to preserve and revitalize the world's many endangered languages. She is considered one of the most prominent voices in the field.
The 2011 Voices of Berkeley keynot event, a panel discussion on language and the way we think. Moderated by Geoff Nunberg. Panelists include scholars Lera Boroditsky and Lily Wong Fillmore, author and Cal alumna Maxine Hong Kingston, and actor and Cal alumnus John Cho.
Gaelic is Ireland's first language. It is designated as such in the constitution and is a mandatory subject in schools. In some regions of western Ireland, it's still in daily use. But in the capital, Dublin, although Irish can be seen on street signs, hardly anyone speaks it. Ireland's national authority for the preservation of Irish Gaelic is doing all it can to keep the language alive.