Trash words and garbage grammar

How uncritical language adoption eliminates nuance and weakens expression Neologisms and other changes are part of the way language evolves. But when such changes reduce your power of expression, your ability to communicate nuance, they should not be considered inevitable but should instead be resisted as linguistic rubbish. There are three types of such wasteContinue reading “Trash words and garbage grammar”

Adopt an Endangered Language Program?

Years ago I wrote an article on the native languages program at the Warm Springs rez in Central Oregon. They were teaching Wasco and Sahaptin to the young kids, to add Paiute later. None of these languages was about to go extinct, but the elders at Warm Springs saw that things would go in thatContinue reading “Adopt an Endangered Language Program?”