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Brian Moran, right, with Martha Birdbear, a Hidatsa speakers in North Dakota.Helping Revitalize Endangered Native Languages

Aug. 20, 2016 - From KVPR's "Valley Edition": Linguistics professors and students at Fresno State are hard at work on a mammoth task - saving the language of the Chukchansi tribe of Mono Indians. One thing makes their task especially difficult - there are only 12 speakers of the Chukchansi language left. We talked with professors Dr. Brian Agbayani and Dr. Niken Adisasmito-Smith about their work, and the challenges of not only documenting the language for posterity but also keeping alive and in active use. 

Listen to the interview here.

Aug. 12, 2016 - College of Arts and Humanities Blog: Linguistics students at Fresno State take classroom teachings into the greater world, bringing lessons to life and working with Native American communities to revitalize indigenous languages. In doing so, they help restore the beautiful, unique language and culture of a people too often marginalized. 

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More than 100 students enroll in new Hmong minor

Aug. 19, 2016 - College of Arts and Humanities Blog: For the first time, students at Fresno State can earn a minor in Hmong language studies through the Linguistics Department in the College of Arts and Humanities. Over 100 students are enrolled in Hmong minor courses for fall 2016. 

Fresno has the second-largest Hmong population in the United States. More than 1,500 Hmong students attend Fresno State — making up about 6 percent of total enrollment. The Hmong minor at Fresno State is the first in the western United States and fifth in the nation. The Fresno State Hmong minor is the only one in the nation with a focus on language.

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Linguistics Department Colloquium Series

The Linguistics Department holds a colloquium series on Thursdays. Use the link at left to view the most current schedule.