Experts estimate that a language goes extinct every two weeks. USC Dornsife junior Prim Phoolsombat wants to use a blend of linguistics and computer science to help save them. [2½ min read]
Researchers in linguistics and marine biology turn to Japanese octopuses for help in understanding speech-related deficits stemming from Parkinson’s disease.
USC Dornsife senior Evangeline Alva travels to the Amazon as a research assistant of the Desano Language Documentation Project, directed by Dr. Wilson Silva, a linguist at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Dr. Silva’s project, currently funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities’s grant for the Documentation of Endangered Languages (DEL/NEH), aims to document Desano, an indigenous language, spoken in Brazil and Colombia.
A USC Dornsife linguist and marine biologist join forces in a National Science Foundation study that uses octopuses to shed light on speech disorders such as those associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Speaking on Tongues
Through USC Dornsife’s Problems Without Passports, students travel to the mountains of Taiwan to document and preserve the fast-fading language and culture of the Atayal tribe of Taiwanese aborigines.