SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Rising Voices / Hothaninpi - Revitalizing the Lakota Language

Bruce Ingham (SOAS)

Date: 1 May 2018Time: 3:15 PM

Finishes: 1 May 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Seminar

Abstract

Film screening of Rising Voices / Hothaninpi - Revitalizing the Lakota Language, followed by Q&A with Bruce Ingham (SOAS).

Lakota is a Siouan language of the Northern Plains of America, which, like most American Indian languages, has been gradually replaced by English among Lakota people. The film talks about recent efforts to revive the language particularly among the young and shows Lakota language classes and conversations with young people and media personalities about their attitude to the language and to the interest of non-Indians in learning it. History is interwoven with the present day in the account.

The film is introduced by Bruce Ingham who is Professor of Arabic Dialect Studies (Emeritus) at SOAS. He has worked on Lakota since the early 1990s and produced an English-Lakota dictionary 2001, Lakota: languages of the world materials 426 Lincom 2003 and a collection of texts on religion Five Lakota Oral Discourses Transcribed and Translated 2009.