Mar 6, 2012

Taking steps to safeguard endangered languages in Cambodia


According to a recent article in the Phnom Penh Post, radio programming in indigenous languages is an important way to perpetuate the local languages while giving indigenous people “the opportunity to talk about their own culture on national radio…to be informed, to reinforce their pride, and to allow them to maintain some of their control over their traditions and their languages.”  Radio is particularly important to those languages – like many native to northeastern Cambodia – that do not have a writing system.

To read about a similar indigenous language perpetuation project in Guatemala, check out Cultural Survival’s Guatemala Radio Project.


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