Language Matters With Bob Holman

Language Matters With Bob Holman

DVD - 2015
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Rating: TV PG.
A two hour documentary that asks: What do we lose when a language dies? What does it take to save a language? It is filmed around the world: on a remote island off the coast of Australia, where 400 Aboriginal people speak ten different languages, all at risk; in Wales, where Welsh, once in danger, is today making a comeback; and in Hawaii, where a group of Hawaiian activists are fighting to save their native tongue.
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781627892513
1627892516
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
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digital,optical,stereo,rda
1 videodisc (ca. 120 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in

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Jul 30, 2018

The outsize success of several worldwide-known languages, their influence only growing as modern communication changes, obscures just how badly huge swaths of native languages are in danger as the years pass. This interesting documentary focuses on three specific groups: aboriginal communities of Australia, the Welsh people within Great Britain, and native Hawaiians within the United States. Efforts to preserve the rich scope of formerly dying languages arise from the ground up as local activists work to expand their heritage in the face of overwhelming odds.

The main problem with the documentary is its lack of focus. Each of the case studies are fascinating. However, the narrative created by the three of them doesn't quite seem to convey the overall picture that the film-makers seem to want; additional context would've made things better. At the same time, though, this piece is well worth watching by anyone interested in social studies.

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