"New World" Film Revives Extinct Native American Tongue
Enter Blair Rudes, a linguist at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As the amount of Virginia Algonquian dialogue spoken in the movie increased from just two scenes to more than a third of the film, Rudes found himself reconstructing an entire language that had long gone extinct.
comments powered by Disqus
John Frederick Fausz - 1/25/2006
What's the big deal? William Strachey left an extensive Powhatan word list with English translations, and Capt John Smith recorded several long phrases--both long available in print. In the 1980s PBS/American Playhouse docu-drama, ROANOAK, an entire village of Algonquian-speaking Cree was recruited to speak and teach native dialogue in a similar dialect, which was then translated into English subtitles. Our short, skimpy historical memories make some things seem innovative when they are merely derivative.
- Colorado professor helped create framework for controversial AP US History Course
- History departments aren't going to go out of business, but ...
- Are footnotes passé?
- 5th day of protests at Colorado schools over proposal to ditch new AP history framework
- Now it’s conservatives in Utah who are complaining about the new AP framework