Telling the Truth in Tariana
Lingua Franca (ABC Radio National, Austrália), 13/mar/2004. "For more than ten years, linguist Alexandra Aikhenvald has been studying endangered languages of the Amazon. In particular she's involved in saving one called Tariana, a language currently spoken by about one hundred people in north-west Brazil. In Tariana it is grammatically incorrect to make a statement without saying how you know it is true. Aikhenvald believes that efforts to reclaim 'obscure' and 'exotic' languages like Tariana are important. First, for the tradition and lore they contain, but also for what we can learn from them about different ways of expressing ideas and perceiving the world."

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