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Peru's indigenous language revival - Eureka Street
One indigenous language vanishes every two weeks, and Quechua, once the tongue of Peru's mighty Inca Empire, was one of those heading to extinction. In Peru, however, something unique has happened.
Quechua — a language that according to influential Peruvian commentator, Richard Webb, was on the road to annihilation — has been thrown a lifeline. Last 16 December at 5:30am the first ever Quechua language television news service — Ñuqanchik ('All of us' in Quechua) — went to air on the platforms of TV Peru and National Radio, the public broadcaster.
This Month in Linguistics History: Tribute to Lorenzo Dow Turner
We plan to publish the next edition of the feature, “This Month in Linguistics History” sometime in March, in connection with Women’s History Month. The trigger event for this periodic feature could be an important day, week, month or year in the history of the LSA and/or the field of Linguistics. We are happy to publish as many features as often as LSA members are willing to contribute. Please submit your ideas via e-mail to Brian Joseph or Alyson Reed.
UNIVERSITÉ DE MAURICE : Une plateforme pour assurer la durabilité des études créoles
« Vers des avenirs durables grâce à l’éducation multilingue. » Tel est le thème choisi par l’Unesco pour marquer la Journée internationale de la Langue maternelle cette année. Les étudiants de l’Université de Maurice l’ont adapté en “Lavenir ek dirabilite etid kreol dan Liniversite Moris”. Le sujet est d’autant plus pertinent que l’UoM a décidé de ne pas offrir de cours en Creole Studies pour la prochaine rentrée universitaire.
Le Dr Arnaud Carpooran, responsable des études créoles à l’UoM, explique : « Il y a des nuages sur la créolité, mais ce n’est pas nécessairement mauvais. Cela nous permet de nous poser des questions et, surtout, de trouver des solutions pour que le problème ne se pose plus. » En revanche, ce qui dérange le Dr Carpooran,
Why English Keeps On, Like, Totally Changing - New York Times
Imagine the progress of the English language as a moving train. It need not be a fast-moving train; in fact, it helps if you picture it chugging along majestically through a flat landscape. Our two authors are actively interested in observing the progress of the train.
Oxford English Dictionary offers definition of Brexit as it adds new words
Theresa May famously declared that “Brexit means Brexit”, but now the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has come up with its own definition. Six months after the Prime Minister first delivered the elusive explanation, lexicographers have clarified that “Brexit” is “the (proposed) withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, and the political process associated with it”.
Finding a voice
The Economist offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science, technology and the connections between them.
Google's AI Has Reinvented the Master Language
Up until September of last year, Google Translate used phrase-based translation. That has no capacity to make educated guesses at words it doesn’t recognize, and can’t learn from new input. But then, Google Translate got smart. It developed the ability to learn from the people who used it. And then it invented its own language to help it translate more effectively.
“Contiguity Theory,” MIT linguist Norvin Richards’ new book, contends that the sounds of language are more crucial to syntax than we thought.
Confiant : « Rejeter nos langues nationales est un suicide »
Il y a 21 ans, l'écrivain et créoliste martiniquais, Raphaël CONFIANT, accordait, à l'occasion de la "Journée Internationale du Créole", l'interview ci-après à un blog sénégalais, AFRICANUS. C'était au tout début du développement de l'Internet sur le continent noir. Deux décennies plus tard et toujours au moment de cette journée de célébration de la langue créole, il ne retranche pas un mot de ce qu'il avait déclaré...
Some People Really Do Whistle While They Work – Here’s Why - ScienceBlog.com
Whistling is not always an activity to pass the time or express happy thoughts. Linguist Mark A. Sicoli, an assistant professor of anthropology who joined the University of Virginia’s faculty this year, studies a rare form of “whistled speech,” which is endangered in the few places around the world where it can still be found. …
The Loss of Language
Thousands of the world’s languages are on the verge of extinction. A small non-profit in one of the most linguistically diverse cities on…
KTEI and Canadore launch Ontario’s first Anishinabemowin immersion ECE program
SHEGUIANDAH—Early childhood language learning can establish a foundation that will last a lifetime as young children are uniquely equipped to learn languages. With indigenous languages under pressure across the globe, and barely a handful of the hundreds of indigenous languages in North America expected to last into the next century, the clock is ticking on efforts to preserve and revitalize First Nations languages—but thanks to an historic collaboration between Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute (KTEI) and Canadore College, new generations of early childhood educators will be uniquely equipped to join the front lines in shoring up Anishinabemowin.
What was the first name for grasswrens? - The Northern Myth
In Pitjantjatjara country we know that the local name for Rhipidura leucophrys is tjintir-tjintirpa. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the scientific name, if you’re musically inclined and have an ear for Australian bird songs, you might recognise tjintir-tjintirpa as an onomatopoeic rendition of the ratcheting call of the Willie Wagtail.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE INSIST ON EQUALITY OF ALL RIGHTS
Indigenous people, many who are victims of armed conflicts, corporate greed and rising economic inequalities, want greater participation in the United Nations while also calling to the international community to address their grievances.
Friday essay: the untold story behind the 1966 Wave Hill Walk-Off
Fifty years ago, the Gurindji people of the Northern Territory made their name across Australia with the 1966 Wave Hill Walk-Off. It was a landmark event that inspired national change: equal wages for Aboriginal workers, as well as a new land rights act.