Interview with Zygmunt Frajzyngier
Posted by useibert on Sunday, February 17, 2008
At the website of the University of Colorado at Boulder, there is a news release (date: January 31st 2008) about the efforts of our colleague Zygmunt Frajzyngier and other CU-Boulder linguists to record endangered — Chadic and other — languages before they disappear:
Language is the most complex intellectual product of any community,” said Professor Zygmunt Frajzyngier, chair of the CU-Boulder linguistics department. “It is a product of evolution lasting many thousands of years.” (…) A complete description of any language consists of the discovery of all forms and functions coded in the language. This goal hasn’t been met yet for any language, including the best-described languages such as English, Russian, German and French,” said Frajzyngier, who has written several books on endangered African languages, including the recently published “A Grammar of Gidar.”
To listen to podcasts featuring the voices of Zygmunt Frajzyngier and other CU-Boulder linguistics professors go to www.colorado.edu/news/podcasts.
To learn more about the CU-Boulder linguistics department and faculty research go to www.colorado.edu/linguistics/.