Learning Yakama Sahaptin is cool

Columbia River language taught by native speaker at University of Oregon.

I don’t know what about this story from Spokane, Washington’s Spokesman Review I love the most:

– Here is a state university (University of Oregon) offering a course in Yakama Sahaptin, one of the native languages found along the Columbia River.

– A student thinks it’s “cool” to learn it.

– And, best of all, the teacher is an 87-year-old native speaker of the language, born in a bear cave, earned a degree in anthropology, authored Yakima Language Practical Dictionary in 1975, earned a master’s degree in bilingual and bicultural education, and (oh, by the way) is now working on her Ph.D.

The University of Oregon’s Northwest Language Institute recently held a conference for Sahaptin language teachers.

Kudos, all around!

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Publisher of MultiLingual, Donna Parrish is also co-organizer of the LocWorld conferences. Coming into the language industry from a background of mathematics and computer programming, she has an appreciation for the wizardry of language technology and an awe for linguists.

Donna Parrish

About Donna Parrish

Publisher of MultiLingual, Donna Parrish is also co-organizer of the LocWorld conferences. Coming into the language industry from a background of mathematics and computer programming, she has an appreciation for the wizardry of language technology and an awe for linguists.

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