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  • Mar 27, 2012
  • 09:35 PM

“Greeks and Greek Language in Venice 2012″ Events by Ca’ Foscari University

Areti Kotseli / Greek Reporter
A series of events with the theme “Greeks and Greek Language in Venice 2012” (Greci e greco a Venezia 2012) is organized by the Department of Greek language and Literature of the University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari, from March 27 until April 18, 2012.
  • Mar 22, 2012
  • 03:13 PM

What foreign language do students most want to learn?

Rebecca Walker / USA Today
A recent USA Today College poll indicated that 44% of students would enroll in a Spanish course for their next foreign language course. The numbers quickly tapper off after that — with Chinese being the second most popular language at 11%, and Arabic attracting 9% of students. Closely trailing are the three languages that are commonly found in universities across the country —- at least at the beginner level: German, French, and Italian all tallied in 8% each.
  • Mar 19, 2012
  • 05:19 PM

President: No 'language' problems in Ukraine

"There were periods in our state, when there were faults in language problems. Now, I would say, they are absent, and we don't have such a problem. And today people propose that we do not raise this question again, which arises from elections to elections, and it has to be adjusted at the legislative level, in view of the current world practices that you mention....
  • Mar 18, 2012
  • 08:43 PM

'Language Test' Protester Wins Free Aer Lingus Flights

Shawn Pogatchnik / Huffington Post
DUBLIN -- The Greek businesswoman who decried an Irish airline's policy of making Greek travelers pass language tests to prove their nationality has received free flights for her family and an explicit promise it has abandoned the practice.
  • Mar 11, 2012
  • 01:15 PM

How does God's word sound? May depend on translation

John Przybys / Las Vegas Review - Journal
"I've been asked repeatedly if the translations I've worked on are translations of the King James, for example, assuming a translation from English to English," said Green, who also is New Testament editor of the Common English Bible, released in 2011. "So when I explain that it is a translation from Hebrew or Aramaic, in a few cases, and Greek, people are surprised and they wonder if Bible scholars actually know those languages."
  • Mar 09, 2012
  • 04:39 PM

'Swedish is the world's richest language': Swede

Oliver Gee / The
This is a common argument, I later learnt, that ‘compounding’ languages are often considered the richest due to their potential word count. In this group you can find mostly Germanic based languages, such as Danish and Dutch – but also Turkish, and even many of the Indian languages. But is this really an indication of anything other than spacebar laziness?
  • Mar 01, 2012
  • 01:30 PM

New Issue of ODEG Greek Language Journal

Fani Toli / Greek Reporter
The new issue of the journal “Elliniki, Diethnis Glossa” (trns.: Greek as an International Language) includes articles on the GRIKO Conference in Athens, the revival of the Nemean Games, the 8th Conference ‘Hellenic Language and Terminology’ and the Programs for teaching Greek Language in Cairo.
  • Feb 16, 2012
  • 12:59 PM

Professor's bequest revives Greek at Glasgow

Mike Wade / The Australian
“Although the study of Greek has lessened in popularity over the past 40 years or so, we’ve seen a renewed interest in the subject from students in the last few years and the appointment to a new chair will allow the university to strengthen its excellent reputation for Greek,” said Professor Fox.
  • Feb 13, 2012
  • 01:46 PM

Spotlight: Wilton's Latin & Greek Curriculum

Craig Donofrio / WiltonPatch
Max Gabrielson has been a Latin and Greek Professor at Wilton High School since 2000, where he has sharpened minds with the ancient whetstone of classical language. Wilton is one of the few schools that still offers classes in the two dead languages, offering its students a glimpse into the ancient cultures which irreparably shaped the modern world.
  • Dec 08, 2011
  • 12:57 PM

The value of classical languages

Veronica Shi / The Daily Princetonian
Latin and classical Greek are not merely linguistic puzzles on a page. They develop one’s ability to negotiate real-life cultural barriers as effectively as any living language, while providing peerless access to the treasures of Western civilization.
  • Nov 24, 2011
  • 05:28 PM

Translating ancient manuscripts via crowdsourcing

Piers Kelly / Crikey
...And a recent article from Boston Globe, ‘How crowdsourcing is changing science‘, describes yet another linguistic application of the technique. A cache of 2000-year-old ancient Greek manuscripts, unearthed in Egypt over a century ago, are finally getting transcribed with assistance from the public.
  • Nov 17, 2011
  • 03:58 PM

Learning the painless way

Patrick Dewhurst / Cyprus Mail
...Enter the “Language Transfer” project: an innovative scheme that is underway in Cyprus offering free downloadable Greek lessons for English speakers, and English for Spanish speakers. Turkish, Greek Cypriot dialect and Turkish Cypriot dialect lessons are also in the pipeline.
  • Nov 17, 2011
  • 03:56 PM

A Changing Language

Poly Pantelides / Cyprus Mail
The story of the Greek Cypriot dialect is one of conquest by a bewildering array of invaders, many of whom helped create a rich linguistic tapestry that some now fear may well be wearing thin. The future of this unique dialect was one of the themes of Thursday’s European Commission and University of Cyprus organised event on the Cypriot dialect, which was held to celebrate the European Day of Languages.
  • Nov 17, 2011
  • 03:50 PM

All Greek to them: classics back in vogue as schools embrace languishing languages

Rachel Olding / Camden Advertiser
The classics are enjoying a revival in NSW high schools and universities, reflecting a similar trend in England where Boris Johnson's Latin in London scheme is one of several initiatives to bring classical languages into more lives.
  • Jul 30, 2011
  • 12:59 PM

Turkey: Istanbul’s Greek Schools Struggle amid Funding Shortage

...Out of the 55 Greek-language schools open at the time, three remain in operation today. An estimated 2,000 to 1,500 ethnic Greeks with Turkish citizenship still live in Istanbul; in 1955, their population numbered about 100,000, according to data cited in Spyros Vryonis’ work on the riots, “The Mechanism of Catastrophe.”
  • Jul 27, 2011
  • 02:03 PM

Ancient papyri: frankly, they're still all Greek to me

Christopher Howse /
It’s like breaking Enigma or reading a doctor’s handwriting. And sure enough, in test-driving the new website where we can all decipher ancient papyri, I was soon having considerable trouble. It wasn’t so much the matter of the Greek lettering that caused me confusion – but the Number of the Beast.
  • Jun 24, 2011
  • 10:21 PM

Greek-Macedonian Dictionary promoted in Brussels

Macedonian International News Agency
Officially, the Greek Government doesn't recognize the Macedonian language nor the Macedonians living in modern day Greece. Unofficially, Athens had no issues takinig part in the sponsoring of a Macedonian - Greek dictionary.
  • Jun 03, 2011
  • 09:24 PM

Got it in writing: A surprising Bronze Age discovery

Tim Green / University of Texas at Austin News
Listening to Cynthia Shelmerdine describe the writing on a Greek tablet from more than 3,000 years ago, it’s like she was looking over the scribe’s shoulder as he worked. She points out details and nuance of technique, the condition of the tablet and what it means, literally, and for the world of Greek archaeology.
  • Apr 08, 2011
  • 12:09 AM

Oldest readable writing found in Europe

by Tibi Puiu / ZME Science
Extraordinary enough, an ancient Greek tablet dating far as back as 1450-1350 BC was found last summer in an olive grove in what’s now the village of Iklaina, which makes it the oldest readable piece of writing found in Europe.