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Asian Studies Mark Turin Lecture

Apr 10, 2014
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Waterman Bldg 427

Vanishing Voices: The Case for Collaborative Language Documentation by Mark Turin, Program Director, Yale Himalaya Initiative Associate Research Scientist, South Asian Studies Council, Yale University.

Drawing on over two decades of fieldwork in the Himalayan region, Dr Mark Turin will discuss the challenges faced by small-scale societies whose oral speech forms-and the knowledge systems that they encode-are increasingly at risk of disappearing without record. In the second part of this richly illustrated talk, Turin will discuss the World Oral Literature Project, an initiative that he established to help local communities and fieldworkers collaborate in the collection and preservation of all forms of oral tradition.

Mark Turin is a linguist, anthropologist and broadcaster. He is Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist in South Asian Studies at Yale University and Program Director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative. From 2009-2012, he was a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He continues to directs both Digital Himalaya and the World Oral Literature Project about which he will speak.

Mark is the author or co-author of four books, the editor of seven volumes, the co-editor of the journal Himalaya and edits a new book series on oral literature with the Cambridge-based Open Book Publishers. Mark is a regular BBC presenter on issues of linguistic diversity and language endangerment, and will be leaving Yale in July 2014 to accept a Chair at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

For more information, contact Prof. Abigail McGowan, at 6-1096 or

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