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Language: Haitian Creole

  • Apr 12, 2012
  • 01:23 AM

Twitter Gets Help from SLU Prof on How to Deal With Indigenous Tweeters

Nicholas Phillips / Riverfront Times
If you're one of the five remaining speakers of "Yuchi" -- a near-extinct Native American language in Oklahoma -- your tweets will look insane, even to those within your linguistic group. That's because whenever you type in the "@" character, which is a part of your alphabet, Twitter will (wrongly) think you're trying to refer to a different user, such as @Joe_Smith.
  • Jul 23, 2011
  • 03:41 PM

The power of Creole

Leon Neyfakh / Boston Globe
...Though the two languages are related, Creole is younger--it developed on the island roughly 300 years ago from a combination of French and other languages--and has its own grammar, pronunciation, and spelling. And as long as Haitians have been speaking it, Creole has been seen as an inferior, primitive tongue--a corrupt, misshapen version of French that isolates the people who speak it from the rest of the world.
  • May 12, 2011
  • 12:57 PM

A champion of Creole

Peter Dizikes / MIT News
Linguist Michel DeGraff is on a quest to give Haitian Creole its due as a respected language — and to help Haitian schoolchildren learn in their native tongue.
  • Apr 27, 2011
  • 12:15 AM

Creole-speaking guards face discrimination: group
A group of Quebec security guards is facing linguistic discrimination for being told not to speak Creole on the job, says a human rights advocacy group.