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Much Language Such Talk

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Welcome to the Much Language Such Talk podcast! We love languages and know everyone has a connection to the language, or languages!, they speak. Here we're going to talk about the benefits of learning new languages and what it means for you, your brain, and the world!


S2 E6: Minoritized Languages - Guillem Belmar Viernes

Did you guys know that it’s estimated that half of the world’s 7000 languages are going to be extinct by the end of this century? Have you ever wondered how this happens, or would you like to know how we can combat this? Then this episode is for you!

Our guest today is Guillem Belmar Viernes. Guillem is a PhD student at the University of California in Santa Barbara, but originally from Girona in Catalonia, Spain.
Guillem did his BA in Translation, has a Master in Language Science and Hispanic Linguistics and a Masters in Multilingualism.

For his PhD, he is working on Minoritized Languages from different perspectives such as varieties of Mixtec Language spoken in California - but his research interests are much broader: He is interested in Language revitalization; endangered languages; language documentation; Native American Languages as well as Romance Languages and Germanic Languages. He is fluent in Catalan, Spanish, English and French, but - hold on to your seats, he also knows Galician, Portuguese, Italian, Occitan, Basque, Mandarin, West Frisian, Dutch and German.

The people and links Guillem mentioned are as follows:
Personal Twitter: @GuillemBelmar
Twitter: Yucunani
Facebook: Yucunani Sà'án Sàvǐ
Instagram: Yucunani_Saansavi

Experts on Endangered Languages: Haunani-Kay Trask and Wesley Leonard
Mixtec Languages Guest Lecturer: Jeremias Salazar
Study on Catalan: Joan Pujolar and Maite Puigdevall

Go to our website to read the transcript!

MLST  is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The  views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we hope to provide an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team, go to our website at

Recorded on 02/12/2021

Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss

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