Ward Melville Guest Lecturer Sheds Light on Endangered Languages

Ward Melville Guest Lecturer Sheds Light on Endangered Languages photo

The Ward Melville High School Linguistics class took a look into current research on endangered languages in the indigenous areas of South America during a recent guest lecture presentation by Dr. Elias-Ulloa, an associate professor of linguistics at Stony Brook University.

Linguistics is a new class at Ward Melville High School and is taught by Cynthia Porter. During the guest workshop, students learned about Arabela, a language with only four remaining speakers left in the world, as well as the languages and cultures of the Konibo and the Shipibo. The Konibo (“Deer People”) and Shipibo (“Snake People”) live along the Ucayali River in the Amazon rainforest in Peru. The Shipibo people are talented artists who produce beautifully intricate and vibrant works of art that honor their natural surroundings. 

Dr. Elias-Ulloa shared a Shipibo myth about animals cooperating and working together to escape the belly of an anaconda.