Of the 7,000 languages in the world, one disappears every two weeks. Anderson and Harrison do what they can to help: they document endangered languages by recording native speakers in an effort to preserve the centuries of wisdom the languages might hold. The Linguists follows the two researchers around the world from Siberia to India to Bolivia as they discover and document each language’s wealth of irreplaceable information. In an interview with Wired, Harrison said: “We found how little we know, and how vast human knowledge is. It is astonishing to encounter ancient systems of knowledge, in many cases more sophisticated than what science knows, for example, about the natural world, plants, fish, weather patterns, sea ice and landscapes.”
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