[Linganth] NPR Program on Year of Languages

Maggie Ronkin ronkinm at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 9 14:17:32 UTC 2004

imho, this may be a terrific opportunity to communicate the interest and
value of linganthro to the public.--Maggie


>From the Linguist List
Date:  Wed, 7 Jul 2004 16:19:13 -0400 (EDT)
From:  Rick Rickerson <erickerson at comcast.net>
Subject:  NPR radio program on languages

I'm director of the language division at the College of Charleston and am
just back from LSA Headquarters in Washington. I had a chat with Maggie
Reynolds, who referred me to the LSA website. I'm about to do an NPR
radio program in support of the soon-to-be-proclaimed (by the US
Senate) Year of Languages in the US. These will be 6-minute segments on
language topics of interest to the general public, starting in
January and airing throughout 2005. Since it's part of a nationwide
celebration of language, I'm asking professionals around the country
to suggest topics and, if possible, contribute scripts. Would any of
you be interested in doing so? Or could I ask you to look over a list
of topics and give me the name and e-mail address of linguists you
think might want to do a piece on that subject?  These are questions
like: How do babies learn to talk; Dialect vs. language;  What's a
Pidgin; What causes foreign accents; Indian languages of Southeast US;
Is ASL a language; Significance of Rosetta Stone; How close are Spanish
and Portuguese; etc. I would appreciate your help and suggestions!

Best regards,

Rick Rickerson, Charleston, SC

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