Of the world's 7,000 languages, 2,800 are on their way to extinction at a stunning rate of one every two weeks. A new documentary from Ironbound Films titled The Linguists follows the journey of two men - researchers K. David Harrison and Greg Anderson – as they trek across the globe attempting to preserve them. And though the film portrays its fair share of harrowing escapades in an effort to lend some Hollywood-esque excitement to the proceedings, at its root the project is still about creating a lasting record of these dying tongues before their last native speaker is gone. Beyond the conservation aspect, Harrison and Anderson view these archives as keys to further unlocking the mysteries of how language develops. Seed reports:

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