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  • Apr 08, 2012
  • 12:57 PM

Bilingual fairytale

RUTH Blindell, a teacher at the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh in St John’s, has published her first book in celebration of the Manx language, culture and mythical legends. Finlo and the Fairy Kings follows the Little People (fairies) as they battle to save the beautiful Dhoon Glen from the destructive plans of Mr Pratt, a cliff full of seagulls and a squadron of ruthless rodents.
  • Apr 08, 2012
  • 02:59 AM

Councillors agree to Gaelic language plan

Will Clark / John O'Groat Journal
COUNCILLORS have agreed to the second-generation Gaelic language plan which will be implemented in the Highlands over the next four years. The new plan, which will run until 2016, will set out the Highland Council’s aims and ambitions to promote the language.
  • Apr 08, 2012
  • 02:14 AM

Keeping languages alive: A different kind of conservation

Pete Zrioka / Mother Nature Network
Natalie Diaz, coordinator of the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program, has been recording and transcribing the Mojave language for three years. In 2009, she contacted the CIE, which sponsored a Mojave language summit at ASU. This led to a collaborative CIE-Fort Mojave National Science Foundation grant to aid in the language recovery efforts.
  • Apr 07, 2012
  • 09:29 PM

Khasi withdrawn from UNESCO's languages in danger list

Hindustan Times
The language is spoken by some 900,000 people in the state and is no longer in danger, UNESCO declared in its website yesterday. Khasi is spoken in the region of the Khasi and Jaintia hills and is also known as Khasia, Khassee, Cossyah or Kyi. This language of the Mon-Khmer linguistic branch and its status was reassessed by the editorial board of the Atlas, which concluded that Khasi may be classified as "safe"...
  • Apr 07, 2012
  • 09:26 PM

DW Baig: Tunes from the valleys

Sehrish Ali / The Express Tribune
Although there are various folk songs in Wakhi, no one had ever professionally composed and recorded songs in the dying language. So, for Baig’s first album Noyofth, which means precious, he made sure that the songs were carefully penned down in Wakhi without diluting the language by fusing it with other languages...
  • Apr 07, 2012
  • 09:10 PM

Ancient Language Lives on Thanks to UVa Linguist

The Charlottesville Newsplex
Most of the people who spoke Arapesh when University of Virginia linguist Lise Dobrin conducted field work in Papua New Guinea about 15 years ago have died of old age. Their children no longer speak the language, and their grandchildren have almost no knowledge of their ancestral tongue, she said.
  • Apr 06, 2012
  • 01:26 PM

Immersion students win trophies at language fair

Will Chavez / Cherokee Phoenix
“Our children at the Cherokee Nation immersion program have so much fun every year. ONAYLF has been so far the only place outside the school that offers our kids a place where they can practice their language in a public setting,” said parent Andrew Sikora, whose son Sean participated at the fair with the sixth grade class. “I will not exaggerate if I say that ONAYLF is a language highlight of the year.”
  • Apr 05, 2012
  • 12:48 PM

Lost in translation

Daniel Bouskila / The Jewish Journal
I have vivid memories of Judeo-Arabic being spoken in my home. It was both a “private” language for my parents, as well as a form of cultural communication between my parents and their friends. In fact, there are several jokes for which, to this day, I don’t know the punch lines, as they started out in French, and just when the suspense was it its peak, the punch line rolled out in Judeo-Arabic. When my sisters and I would beg my father to translate, the answer always was, “I could translate, but it won’t be the same.”
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 08:53 PM

Speakers of France’s endangered languages demand recognition

The Observers
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets all over France this weekend to defend the country’s minority languages. These have been spoken in different regions of France for centuries, but are slowly dying off. With the first round of the French presidential election just three weeks away, speakers of endangered tongues are trying to get candidates to take their concerns seriously.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 08:46 PM

Keeping the Ladino Language Alive Through Music

Fox News
A group of Jews who trace their ancestry back to Spain meets periodically in Los Angeles to sing in Ladino, part of their Sephardic cultural heritage that fuses medieval Spanish and Hebrew. "The choir's mission is to preserve the Ladino language and we need to hand it down to people in the United States who perhaps know or don't know that they have Sephardic roots," ...
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 03:32 PM

Making sense of the census

Pól Ó Muirí / Irish Times
Other speakers in today’s Tuarascáil also highlight the need to provide extra support for young students learning the language in the Gaeltacht and outside it. Muireann Ní Mhóráin of COGG, an organisation for Irish-language and Gaeltacht education, worries that the teaching of Irish is not working while Gael-Linn head honcho, Antoine Ó Coileáin, wonders if the stats will be properly incorporated into any future language planning.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 02:37 PM

Capturing the Wajarri language brings joy to elders

Gian De Poloni / ABC Online
"When I was growing up around the Mullewa area in the 1940s, the government at the time said they didn't want children to be taught the language," she said. "That was the saddest thing that they didn't want the parents who were the fluent speakers to teach their children the language." But, efforts are being made to redress the loss.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 02:16 PM

American Indian students perform during Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair (video)

Ashley West /
Young American Indians representing more than 20 tribes gathered at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History this week for the 10th annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair. American Indian communities place a high value on culture, oratory skills and creativity through expression, and the fair provides a venue for young people to share the knowledge of their ancestors and speak their native languages publicly.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 02:10 PM

Business and the Welsh language

Chris Kelsey / WalesOnline
While the Welsh Language Board’s (WLB) efforts have borne fruit as some 500 new voluntary schemes have been adopted, there is scope for the new Commissioner to persuade more businesses to actively embrace the language and to be prepared to offer Welsh services to their customers.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 12:30 PM

BZH New York organized in New York a conference to defend regional languages in France

Louis Bouveron / Celtic News
NEW YORK— As people gathered across numerous cities of France in defense of their regional languages [Voir ABP 25303], BZH New York joined with other French regional associations of New York to organize a conference at City University of New York to highlight the endangered status of our languages.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 12:28 PM

Link to Haida culture preserved through photo, audio exhibit at Bill Reid Art Gallery

Lena Sin / The Province
There is hardly anyone speaking Haida today. Fewer than 40. And of those fluent speakers, most are over the age of 75. The youngest is 65. So when Nika Collison, the granddaughter of legendary Haida artist Bill Reid, calls the situation “right on the edge,” she is hardly exaggerating. In the past four months alone, three fluent speakers died.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 11:32 AM

Cherokee translator making up for lost time

Cherokee Phoenix
The result of her children’s generation not learning to speak Cherokee is a language gap between her generation and the generation of children attending the Cherokee Language Immersion School. The future of the language may rest in the hands of the 100 or so students at the immersion school, and Edwards said she is happy to support the school and enjoys visiting the students.
  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 05:49 PM

Minister Launches Líofa In Carntogher
The initiative encourages people to learn Irish with the goal of becoming fluent by 2015. The Minister said: "I welcome this opportunity to visit Carntogher and see how the Irish language is thriving. This is a living example of a rural community embracing Irish at grass roots level and creating a vibrant Galetacht area.
  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 04:54 PM

German Political Scientist: I Speak Belarusian at Home
The future of the language is children who speak it. But it is difficult to raise children in the atmosphere of the Belarusian language where I live in Minsk, in Belarus. There are quite a few kindergartens and schools teaching Belarusian, on the background of the vast majority of Russian-speaking families. Cartoons, books and games – they are all in Russian.
  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 02:45 PM

Spelling policy requested

Queen Charlotte Islands Observer
School trustees have decided to turn to the Haida Education Council for guidance after receiving a request from the Skidegate Haida Immersion Program. The elders who attend the Skidegate program wrote to the school district last month, asking that it write a policy around standardizing the program's Haida orthography (spelling) for use at Sk'aadgaa Naay Elementary and Queen Charlotte Secondary schools.
  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 12:55 AM

Jared Diamond On the Death of Multilingualism and the Birth of Klingon

Matthew Fleischer / Mediabistro
LA’s favorite geography and physiology professor with a wicked Boston accent Jared Diamond made an appearance over the weekend at the LA Museum of Natural History’s “First Friday” gathering. Diamond gave a half-hour talk on the importance of preserving the world’s 7,000 different languages–6,800 of which, he says, are expected to go extinct by 2,100.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 10:56 PM

50,000 people claiming for regional languages rights in France

Celtic News
Kemper/Quimper - 10,000 in Quimper, 20,000 in Toulouse, thousands in the Pays Basque, in Alsace, in Catalonia, is an unprecedented success for a protest march, aimed at requiring due rights for regional languages. It was a beautiful day, Odet river banks full of flowers, Breton bagadoù bands marching, a truck decorated with unilingual French road signs draining lots of young people on board...
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 07:22 PM

Call to teach Kaurna at every city school

Sheradyn Holderhead / Adelaide Now
THE Kaurna language should be taught in all Adelaide schools to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, experts say. Aboriginal students who learn their traditional language become more confident, have more pride in their identity and find a passion for learning, a committee heard yesterday.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 03:33 PM

Welsh Language Commissioner starts work with new powers (video)

Nick Powell / ITV News
The Commissioner has what the Welsh Government calls 'strong enforcement powers' to protect the rights of Welsh speakers to access services in the language and she can launch an official investigation into any interference in people's freedom to speak Welsh to one another. She will start with powers over many public services, not necessarily provided by government or local councils but by businesses licensed by them.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 09:45 AM

Indigenous language dictionary launched

A remote community in Western Australia's Murchison region hopes an Indigenous language dictionary will encourage the younger generation of Wajarri people to learn more about their traditional language and culture.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 09:37 AM

Amazing 'talking' dictionary project helps preserve Ojibwe language

Cynthia Boyd /
Now, thanks to an amazing project in progress at the University of Minnesota and spearheaded by their Department of American Indian Studies, there’s a new online resource called “The Ojibwe Peoples Dictionary” that opens doors to the sounds and context of the indigenous Ojibwe language and will help preserve it.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 09:25 AM

Opinion: We need to save languages as well as species

Peter Culshaw / The Arts Desk
...Abley also has some splendidly wacky encounters such as the last two surviving speakers of an Aboriginal language who are forbidden by tribal taboos from talking to each other. And the last surviving speaker of one Amazonian language, which is a parrot.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 02:06 AM

Spreading word on native tongue

Cherie Taylor / The Daily Post
Rongopai Kohanga Reo kaiako matua (head teacher) Sue Manihera says the language is becoming a vital part of life for Maori today as it was many generations ago. Te reo is being revived through the children today. "It is taonga (treasure) that has been lost to us. It is being resurrected," she says.
  • Apr 01, 2012
  • 12:09 PM

Turkey’s Laz community demands protection of cultural, linguistic rights

Today's Zaman
The majority of Laz have immigrated to urban areas in western Turkey in the last 20 years. The families that still speak Laz only do so among adults in informal situations. This means that the younger generations fail to fully acquire the language. Laz, which has no official status or support in Turkey, is therefore under threat of extinction.
  • Mar 31, 2012
  • 06:48 PM

Dewi Sant church in Toronto looks to Wales for minister's job

BBC News
The only remaining Welsh language church in Canada is advertising for a new minister in newspapers in Wales. Dewi Sant Welsh United Church in Toronto, Ontario, is believed to be one of the few churches in North America still holding services in Welsh.