The Importance of Learning a Foreign Language

Background

I’ve worked in the field of anthropological linguistics on a number of projects over the years. I’ve had the opportunity to learn on the ground from many different tribes and tribal members in different linguistic contexts who have shared their experiences with me as well. Specifically, I have worked in the field of language revitalization and education where I have worked with groups of people who want to make sure their language has as many rights and privileges as other languages; to ensure that their children will not be persecuted or put down due to their language choice. My field has taken me to many different parts of the world as I’ve collaborated on the development of dictionaries, ethnobotany textbooks, and language programs.