Speaking Out of Mystery

Jun 26, 2019

Dr. Larry Kaplan
Credit Larry Kaplan

My guest this week is a linguist and champion for the preservation of Alaska Native languages. In fact, Dr Lawrence D. Kaplan is concerned about the loss of all indigenous tongues. Larry is the former director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Native Language Center. But as you’ll hear in this interview, he admits the ability to learn and speak a language is mysterious. Our conversation is part of my UAF Summer Sessions series, Down Memory Lane.

Also, this week Katexic Clippings Chris Lott, a former student of Larry’s, examines the word “linguist.”

You can listen to the show here.