K. David Harrison
|K. David Harrison|
Ponoka, Alberta, Canada
|Citizenship||United States, Canada|
|Alma mater||American University, Yale University, Jagiellonian University|
|Occupation||Linguist, anthropologist, language activist|
|Known for||Author, When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World's Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge; The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World's Most Endangered Languages, Documentary film star in 2008 film The Linguists|
|Home town||Philadelphia, PA|
K. David Harrison (born 1966), is a linguist, author and activist for the documentation and preservation of endangered languages teaching at Swarthmore College and affiliated with the National Geographic Society. His research focuses on the Turkic languages of central Siberia and western Mongolia. He co-starred in Ironbound Films' Emmy-nominated 2008 documentary film The Linguists. He serves as director of research for the non-profit Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages.
Harrison has done field work on endangered languages in Siberia and Mongolia Tuvan, Tsengel Tuvan, Tofa, Ös, Tuha, Monchak, Munda, and also in Paraguay, Chile, Papua New Guinea, and India. He specializes in phonology, particularly vowel harmony, and in the study of language endangerment, extinction, and revitalization.
- David and Greg,"The Linguists", National Science Foundation under Grants No.0452417 and 0438121 and the Nonprofit Media Group.
- K. David Harrison, Ph.D., Swarthmore College Linguistics: Research, accessed May 2010
- Brooks, Anthony (25 January 2008). "‘The Linguists’: Saving the World’s Languages". WBUR. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
- K. David Harrison, Ph.D., Swarthmore College Linguistics, accessed May 2010
- Page for Swarthmore College Linguistics
- Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages
- National Geographic Society Enduring Voices Project
- The Economist "Seven Questions for K. David Harrison"
- BBC News "The Tragedy of Dying Languages"