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USA: Yiddish paper gives dying language new life
It'll be computer scrolling, not ancient scrolls, for Jewish culture lovers when the world's most famous Yiddish newspaper relaunches its website Monday in a bid to stave off extinction.
Forverts, founded in 1897 when Yiddish-speaking Jews from Eastern Europe were pouring into America, has been shrinking relentlessly in recent decades as new generations of immigrant families abandon their ancestral language.
Researchers track language on Twitter and find New York, California and Georgia to be hotbeds for new slang words
Jacob Eisenstein at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and his colleagues examined millions of tweets sent from locations in the U.S. between December 2009 and May 2011 to find out where commonly-used slang words were originating and how they were migrating to other parts of the country.
They found that certain regions, such as Atlanta, Southern California and New York, are hotbeds for new slang terms, and that those cities often share and exchange slang words. 'Bruh,' for example, originated in the Southeast and eventually jumped to Southern California.
Oklahoma Erects Ten Commandments Monument With Spelling Errors
An Oklahoma state lawmaker oversaw the installation of a 2,000-lb. granite block depicting the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the state capitol Friday, amid fears that the monument will spark a costly legal battle over its constitutionality.
Alaska Native languages: It all comes down to choices
Linguists have been predicting the death of Alaska Native languages for decades now, and whether or not those predictions prove accurate comes down to the choices you and I make on a daily basis. The past 200 years have been devastating; from boarding schools to disease to social discriminations, we are now left with the aftermath of successful attempts to destroy languages and cultures. But that does not mean we have to resign our efforts or just allow this to happen
TEXAS: Chinese language attracts young US fans
As the world becomes more integrated and China emerges as an economic powerhouse, Stafford Primary, the Stafford Primary School in Texas is ambitious to envisage its pupils a brighter future by teaching them Chinese language.
USA: Documentary Shows Language Saved From Extinction
In 1993, Jessie Little Doe Baird had dreams in a language that her Wampanoag people stopped using more than 100 years ago. The new PBS film We Still Live Here shows how they brought their language back to life. Host Michel Martin speaks with director Anne Makepeace and Troy Currence, vice president of the Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project.
A family struggles to bring its ancestral tongue back to life
European Maya Conference - Copenhagen - December 2012
The 16th European Maya Conference is co-organized by the University of Copenhagen (Department of American Indian Languages and Cultures, Institute of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies), the Danish National Museum (Nationalmuseet) and Wayeb (European Association of Mayanists), and will be held from December 5th to 10th, 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark. A four-day Workshop (Dec. 5-8th) will precede a two-day Symposium (Dec. 9-10th).
Mere Danmark end Danmark
Solvang har i år 100 års jubilæum, men først efter 2. verdenskrig blev det besluttet at gøre byen til en dansk udseende by, der hvert år tiltrækker millioner af turister.
You say tomato, they say 'xitomatl' - New Yorkers channel the Aztecs by saving a dying language
It's the language that gave us the words for chocolate and tomato. Now a small group of New Yorkers wants to make sure the enigmatic-sounding tongue of the Aztecs, Nahuatl, is preserved in the Big Apple. "It's a beautiful language, full of complexities, but it's also dying," said Irwin Sanchez, 32, a native Nahuatl speaker. "I'm trying to rescue it, here in the city."