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Language Group: Papuan

  • 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.
  • Feb 23, 2012
  • 08:22 PM

East Timor to trial multilingual education (audio)

Radio Australia
East Timor's Ministry of Education says it will go ahead with a pilot program to teach young students in their own minority language, despite vocal opposition from some civil society groups. The Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education trial will see schools in three district teach children from pre-school age to grade three in a local language as well as in the official languages of Portuguese and Tetum.
  • Feb 15, 2012
  • 05:02 PM

Australian researcher helping preserve PNG languages (audio)

Geraldine Coutts / Radio Australia
An Australian researcher will head to Papua New Guinea tomorrow on a mission to preserve PNG's eight hundred different languages. University of Melbourne Associate Professor Steven Bird plans to record and translate traditional songs and stories from around the country using mobile phones.
  • Jul 21, 2011
  • 12:34 PM

Languages on Papua Vanish Without a Whisper

Jakarta Globe
Who will speak Iniai in 2050? Or Faiwol? Moskona? Wahgi? Probably no one, as the languages of New Guinea — the world’s greatest linguistic reservoir — are disappearing in a tide of indifference.
  • Jun 21, 2011
  • 11:16 PM

Linguistics Institute to offer free films, workshops at CU-Boulder

CU Boulder News & Events
The University of Colorado Boulder will host the 2011 Linguistics Institute from July 7 to Aug. 2, a prestigious gathering of faculty and students from around the world that also will feature free films, workshops and lectures open to the public.
  • May 01, 2011
  • 11:56 PM

Sounds familiar

John McWhorter / Boston Globe
A RECENT article in the journal Science identifies the obscure “click’’ languages of southern Africa as the ones that spawned the world’s 6,000 others. What gives away their grandfather status is that they have more sounds than any other languages on earth.

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