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In the Lakota language, delicatessen becomes “place where they snack quickly.” In Umatilla, smartphone becomes “the black cloud that is always following.” In Navajo, cell phone is a “metal that you talk into.”
For some indigenous languages, crafting neologisms is an essential part of keeping them alive. On today’s show, I spoke with J.p. Lawrence, who has been looking into the ways people update marginalized languages for changing times.
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