Saving a Living Language

BY Jenny Marder  November 21, 2011 at 9:36 AM EDT


Mary Hermes of the University of Minnesota, Duluth is a tribal language educator whose research focuses on preserving endangered languages like the Great Lakes region’s Ojibwe. Her team records, translates, transcribes and annotates conversations through the use of video technology, immersion workshops and interviews with fluent tribal elders.

Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports the story for the National Science Foundation’s Science Nation.

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