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Rosetta Stone featured on NPR for reviving dead language

Rosetta Stone, the software company located in downtown Harrisonburg, was recently featured on NPR’s All Things Considered for its work in preserving and reviving the Chitimacha language. According to NPR’s website, the language spoken by the Chitimacha tribe of Lafayette Louisiana has laid dormant since the last native speaker died 70 years ago. Although Rosetta Stone works with several Indian tribes as part of their endangered language program, this the first time they’ve undertaken an effort without the aid of any native speakers. Listen to the full story of how Rosetta Stone and Chitimacha members are working together to preserve the tribe’s cultural identity.


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