Things I think are worth checking out, but don’t feel like writing entire blog posts about!
Today I’m marvelling over this article about a woman who put together a Tlingit ‘language encyclopedia’, and wondering what would possess someone to do something like create a dictionary for a language they don’t speak (or apparently know much about)? And to put that much effort into it?
Some of the quotes from this woman are really hard to stomach.
“I think often I’m led spiritually, and I don’t make my decisions with the full knowledge of the situation.”
Uh…ya think? Look, this isn’t a made up language. You can’t just ‘be led spiritually’ into learning it.
“To some degree I think I was trying to bring my mother and father back together through my Celtic heritage. My father had a little French, and my mother had a little Scottish. And I thought that when they lost their culture, they lost their reason for being together. And I think that deep in my heart I was looking for that family togetherness, and I wanted to find that through language.”
At least this is only a self-published book and not actually in wide circulation as a language resource. But I don’t think she should be able to pass her work off as a language resource at all.