Indigenous languages: what do they tell us?

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About the research

Did you know that there are about 7,000 languages in the world? And that more than 2,600 of these languages are in danger of extinction? With every language that disappears, we lose a unique part of the rich diversity that exists in human languages. Dana Louagie (KU Leuven) studies this diversity. Because by understanding each other's languages better, we also understand each other better.

Thanks to Eva Schultze-Berndt for providing the Jaminjung example

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Dana Louagie
KU Leuven

Dana Louagie is a linguistic researcher. Since childhood she has been fascinated by languages: at home a West Flemish dialect was spoken, in the class she spoke Dutch and with friends of the family she chatted in English. Her curiosity was further stimulated in the Latin lessons. She specialised in language typology, a domain that studies diversity in language. Her research focuses on nominal structures in Australian Aboriginal languages.

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