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  • 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
  • 08:08 PM

Urdu declared official language in Bengal

Zee News
The state Assembly passed the West Bengal official language (amendment) bill, 2012, declaring Urdu as official language in respect of certain districts where the population of urdu-speaking people exceeds 10 per cent as a whole or part of the district like sub-division or block.
  • 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
  • 12:49 PM

Education researcher Ayan Ceyhan: Elective Kurdish course offers too little

Yonca Poyraz Doğan / Today's Zaman
There are positive and negative sides to having Kurdish as an elective course. First of all, Kurds are not a homogenous group of people. There are different groups of Kurdish children in Turkey. When we look at this heterogeneity in terms of language, we see that some of them know little Turkish or no Turkish at all when they start school. There are also those children whose Kurdish and Turkish are at almost the same level.
  • Mar 31, 2012
  • 02:18 AM

Use Of Arabic Language For Official Correspondence Banned In EES

Peter Lokale Nakimangole / Oye! Times
...The circular warned of the continued usage of Arabic language that clearly contradicts the South Sudan’s supreme transitional constitution and that of EES; the circular also targets citizens who ignorantly use the language for official communication in the public or for correspondences in the government offices.
  • Mar 30, 2012
  • 11:55 PM

Quebec government tells language watchdog: bite more often
QUEBEC CITY — Facing a barrage of linguistic controversies, the Quebec government has announced it wants the provincial language watchdog to bite more often. Despite a hiring freeze across Quebec's public service, the government will hire 43 employees at the Office quebecois de la langue francaise to fill vacancies left by departures.
  • Mar 30, 2012
  • 05:42 PM

Budget Holds Good News for Quebec's English-language Minority Groups

Canada Newswire
In his budget speech, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty remarked that Canada's two official languages are an integral part of Canadian history and identity and that the Economic Action Plan 2012 will continue support for official languages by maintaining funding to protect, celebrate and enhance Canada's linguistic duality.
  • Mar 30, 2012
  • 05:39 PM

Protesters support regional languages

The Connexion
Nicolas Sarkozy has stated that “If you love France you don’t propose ratifying the regional languages charter”. Marine Le Pen is also among those opposed. Eva Joly, François Bayrou and François Hollande favour the idea. The views of Front de Gauche candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon are, however, “convoluted and confusing”, according to a Quimper organiser, Patrig Herve, who said he hoped the party would send a representative to clarify its stance.
  • Mar 30, 2012
  • 04:50 PM

It's only words

Zubair Torwali / The Friday Times
There are over 60 languages spoken besides the so-called 'regional' languages and Urdu and English in Pakistan. From the afore-mentioned languages, Badeshi and Ushojo have by now died, and a dozen of the remaining will soon disappear if left untended. When a language dies, a culture dies; and when a culture dies, its wisdom - often the outcome of centuries' worth of experience - dies. Above all the identity of a people dies with it.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 06:52 PM

European residents to speak their native tongs

Alexandra Zakharova / The Voice of Russia
On April 1 EU countries start collecting signatures in support of a referendum on equalizing the status of state languages and the languages of ethnic minorities. For the first time Europeans will use the right of civil initiative: since its foundation in 1952, the EU is to conduct its first pan-European referendum.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 03:31 PM

Attendant gets job back

Hugh Adami / Ottawa Citizen
Commissionaire Dan Brown has his old job back, even though he still doesn't speak French. But that doesn't seem to be an issue with the government any more after Dan's story was recounted Sunday by The Public Citizen. Dan, 78, was informed Wednesday that he can again man the ground-floor reception desk of the National Research Council Building.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 01:20 PM

France a 'rogue state' on regional languages

Simon Hooper /
Despite its precarious situation, Breton has no formal status in France. It is not offered as a language of education in the public school system, the state makes no provision for regional language media, and it is not used in government or public services. Once home to a vibrant multitude of tongues, the monolingualism of modern France is enshrined in article two of the country's constitution, rooted in the revolutionary principles of 1789, which reads: “The language of the Republic shall be French.”
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 02:43 AM

Quebec sovereigntists sound language alarm, again, over poll

Graeme Hamilton / National Post
MONTREAL — Ever on the lookout for signs the province is headed for disaster, sovereigntists jumped all over a poll last week purporting to show that Quebec anglophones couldn’t care less about French. Yves-François Blanchet, the Parti Québécois language critic, cited the special report in the magazine L’actualité as evidence that Quebec’s language law, Bill 101, urgently needs to be strengthened. “It’s quite the warning shot,” he said of the poll conducted by the firm CROP.
  • Mar 28, 2012
  • 11:34 PM

Votes and Vowels: A Changing Accent Shows How Language Parallels Politics

Julie Sedivy / The Crux
The two groups originated from distinct groups of settlers; the Inland Northerners migrated west from New England, while the Midlanders originated in Pennsylvania via the Appalachian region. Historically, the two settlement streams typically found themselves with sharply diverging political views and voting habits, with the northerners aligning much more closely with agenerally being more liberal ideology.
  • Mar 28, 2012
  • 08:32 PM

Verbal abuse against Urdu speakers must be stopped: Altaf
KARACHI: Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Wednesday said elements using inflammatory language against Urdu-speakers of Sindh must be restrained, DawnNews reported.
  • Mar 28, 2012
  • 07:49 PM

Hogan moves to plug Irish language gaps in Household Charge law
ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Phil Hogan has moved to defend the State against a legal challenge to the household charge laws by producing Irish-language equivalents of the legislation. The High Court granted leave two weeks ago for a challenge to the legislation on the basis it had not been published in Irish, the official language of the country.
  • Mar 28, 2012
  • 01:33 PM

Tribal language

The Sangai Express
IMPHAL, Mar 27: No fund is earmarked for the promotion and development of tribal languages of the State at Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur and Board of Secondary Education Manipur, said Tribal Language and Literature Societies, Manipur Chairman Ragongming Gangmei.
  • Mar 27, 2012
  • 11:52 PM

The Laguages of Sri Lanka: A Model for national unity

Devanesan Nesiah / The Island
In Sri Lanka, a three language policy would be the appropriate use of Sinhala Tamil and English with due flexibility in respect of medium of instruction in schools and the language of administration and record in particular localities. There are good educational reasons to encourage the use of the Mother Tongue (the home language) as the medium of instruction in the primary school
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 02:46 PM

The Globe interviews Jaffer Sheyholislami at Diyarbakir Kurdish Language Conference

Jaffer Sheyholislami / Kurdish Globe
They proved that now Kurdish can be a language of civilization, democratic civilization, because you can do with the language these days anything that you want. An example of this is what is happening in south Kurdistan. It is the language of Parliament, of the state, of the university, and a Ph.D can be earned in the language.
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 10:42 AM

TIMOR-LESTE: When do mother tongues divide?

A proposal to sanction the use of indigenous languages in primary schools in polyglot Timor-Leste has divided members of government, civil society and educators, raising questions about how language can spur harmony - or discord - in the young nation.
  • Mar 24, 2012
  • 06:34 PM

Native Languages Bill Takes Another Step Forward

Carol Berry / Indian Country Today Media
Native American language teaching won a victory March 21 when a bill that would help to preserve tribal languages sailed through an education committee of the Colorado House of Representatives by unanimous vote. The bill, already approved in a Senate hearing, appears destined for the governor’s signature and enactment.
  • Mar 24, 2012
  • 01:39 AM

Rick Santorum's new culture war front: Official English

Gabrielle Gurley / The Guardian
Though Santorum's remarks caused a major uproar in Puerto Rico, back on the mainland, Official English proponents were thrilled. For several days, ProEnglish, a nonpartisan group which bills itself as "the nation's leading English language advocates", splashed a photo of Santorum on its homepage, with the caption, "Santorum defends English as the common language!"
  • Mar 23, 2012
  • 07:11 PM

Bulgarians in Moldova Cry Foul, Beg Sofia for Help
The meeting was convened as the local Bulgarian community has been alarmed by measures of the new Moldavian authorities affecting their rights, terminating all state funding for the Bulgarian-populated regions, and cutting the support for Bulgarian schools and teaching Bulgarian language.
  • Mar 23, 2012
  • 02:13 AM

Harper Government Invests in Manitoba's Francophone Community

Canada NewsWire
WINNIPEG, March 22, 2012 /CNW/ - The Francophone community in Manitoba will continue to thrive, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. Support for 13 organizations was announced today by Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament (Saint Boniface), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
  • Mar 22, 2012
  • 08:47 PM

English Language Fleeing 'Anglophone' South Sudan (part I)

Atem Yaak Atem /
English language in what is today the State of South Sudan has played a pivotal role in education and government. As mentioned earlier before English was a medium of education in schools of Southern Sudan during the colonial times and even after "independence" of Sudan in 1956. However, when the military took power in 1958 it soon embarked on the twin policy of Islamicisation and Arabisation, including Arabicisation of the entire country.
  • Mar 22, 2012
  • 03:32 PM

Schulz tells Mas he will “work hard” to permit the use of Catalan at the European Parliament

Catalan News Agency
Catalan is the 13th most widely spoken language within the EU, with more speakers than Bulgarian, Danish, Irish, Finnish, Slovakian, Lithuanian, Slovenian, Latvian, Estonian, and Maltese. All these 10 languages, some with less than half a million speakers can be spoken in all European institutions. Furthermore, citizens can address the institutions in these languages.
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 11:54 PM

Welcome to Canada, But Only if You're Fluent

Rachel Décoste / Huffington Post Canada (blog)
Minister of Multiculturalism Jason Kenney announced this week that Canada would no longer welcome newcomers who were not proficient in our official languages. This policy flies in the face of common sense and the 500 years of experience Canada was built upon.
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 07:38 PM

Obama Sign Language Surpris : What Other Languages Does He Know? (video)

International Business Times seems Obama had good reason to play down his linguistic abilities in 2008; conservatives would have disparaged his abilities in Spanish, Swahili, and Bahasa Indonesia. But today, the web is abuzz with evidence of one rather unexpected linguistic skill: sign language. On Tuesday, Obama greeted a deaf student at an event in Largo, Maryland. When the 26-year-old signed "I'm proud of you," the president quickly signed back a "Thank you."
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 07:24 PM

Oromo: Language Rights Not Respected In Schools

The Ethiopian ministry of education has adopted new measures that dramatically restrict the use and learning of the Oromo language in educational settings.
  • Mar 20, 2012
  • 07:27 PM

UK journalists held in Libya after Welsh mistaken for Hebrew (video)

BBC News
A Welsh journalist who was detained in Libya says his captors thought he was an Israeli spy because they confused the Welsh language with Hebrew. Gareth Montgomery-Johnson is back home in Nantgaredig, near Carmarthen. He was carrying medical supplies with Welsh words on them when he was arrested in Tripoli last month.