We recently aired our show “Language and Meaning — an Ojibwe Story,” with Ojibwe linguist David Treuer. The show prompted a letter from a listener and fellow linguist, Miriam Isaacs.

She teaches linguistics and Yiddish at the University of Maryland and writes, “I just finished writing an essay about how it felt when I met some Zapotec speakers in Oaxaca, how their experiences about their children being ashamed of their own language related to how many immigrants felt about Yiddish.” This video features Professor Isaacs reading her essay as part of the Marian M. Jenkins Memorial Speaker Series at the National Museum of Language in College Park, Maryland.

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