The Death of Languages

The Death of Languages



3 Nov, Sun 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Asian Civilisations Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium
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This session is in English


Phan Ming Yen


In an increasingly globalised world, the number of endangered languages grow by the day with many eventually becoming extinct. What is the significance and consequence of losing a language? How much of ourselves do we lose? And are there ways to protect and preserve languages?

This session is made possible with the assistance of the High Commission of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Embassy of France and Literature Across Frontiers.


Louis-Jean Calvet, born 5 June, 1942, is a French linguist. He is the author of 14 books, translated into 20 languages.

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Kulleh Grasi is a poet, singer-songwriter, and cultural activist of Iban descent from Kapit, Sarawak. He is a founding member of the band Nading Rhapsody.

Photo credit: Kelvin Chan Photography

Caryl Lewis is an award-winning novelist and children’s author. She has also written extensively for cinema and television. She has adapted two of her novels for the screen and her drama credits include working on the Welsh Scandi-noir series Hinterland/ Y Gwyll and being a writer and associate producer on the series Hidden/ Craith for BBC 1 Wales/ BBC 4. The second series is currently in production.

Photo credit: Keith Morris

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Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist from the Wasauksing First Nation. His storytelling career has been largely influenced by his Anishinaabe background. He is the author of three fiction titles: the short story collection Midnight Sweatlodge, the novel Legacy, and most recently, the novel Moon of the Crusted Snow. By day, he works as the host of Up North, CBC Radio's afternoon show for northern Ontario. He lives in Sudbury, Ontario with his wife and young son.

Photo credit: Rey Martin

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