Bette - Amharic and Reclaiming Language

Bette was born in Ethiopia and spoke Amharic for the first three to four years of her life. After being adopted by an American family, Bette’s Amharic faded into dormancy, and English quickly became her primary language. Thirteen years and thousands of forgotten words later, Bette has embarked on a year-long endeavor to recover her once fluent Amharic. In addition to her language studies, Bette has also been researching language loss and recovery, how to go about effectively restoring it, and the psychology behind it. In her project, Bette is examining whether or not people who were once fluent in a language have to relearn the language, or re-remember it.