Last Alaska language speaker dies (BBC)We used to be a tad obsessed with the story of Ishi, the "last Yahi," when we were kids. (Though apparently there is new anthropological debate over whether he really was truly the last of his tribe and the last native speaker of its language....)
A woman believed to be the last native speaker of the Eyak language in the north-western US state of Alaska has died at the age of 89.
At any rate, it doesn't take a linguist to recognize the importance, both intellectually and culturally, of mapping and documenting oral languages before native speakers pass away.
Plus, it keeps me from confusing the library's website visitors...
Also, I'm experimenting with Safari, Camino, and Opera. It's kind of fun!