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Language: Gullah

  • Mar 04, 2012
  • 10:42 PM

A Road Trip In Search Of America's Lost Languages (audio)

The vast majority of the 175 indigenous languages still spoken in the United States are on the verge of extinction. Linguist Elizabeth Little spent two years driving all over the country looking for the few remaining pockets where those languages are still spoken — from the scores of Native American tongues, to the Creole of Louisiana. The resulting book is Trip of the Tongue: Cross-Country Travels in Search of America's Lost Languages.
  • Nov 25, 2011
  • 02:30 PM

Gullah-language Bible now on audio CDs

Bruce Smith / Post-Bulletin
ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. — More than three decades after translators began putting the words of the New Testament into Gullah, everyone can now hear those words in the creole language spoken by slaves and their descendants along the sea islands of the nation's Southeast coast.
  • Jul 29, 2011
  • 10:00 PM

Indigenous, non-English languages struggle to survive in U.S.

Jarondakie Patrick / Bellingham Herald
Indigenous and non-English languages such as Gullah — which originated with slaves from West Africa and includes some English — face a host of obstacles to survival in today's United States, including a lack of resources, the fact that most of the speakers are dying off and a stigma that the languages are for uneducated people. But some schools and programs are fighting that stigma and trying to preserve these languages for a new generation.
  • Apr 24, 2011
  • 01:09 AM

Coastal residents aim to preserve rich African culture

Larry Copeland / USA Today
PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — One can’t wander far in this coastal community that calls itself America’s oldest seaside resort town without hearing people speaking a mysterious, rapid-fire language that somehow echoes the West Indies and Africa.