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  • Mar 19, 2012
  • 08:41 PM

Q & A with K. David Harrison on Groundbreaking “Talking Dictionaries”

Daniela Kucz / Daily Gazette
English is not the only language that creates or borrows new words. All healthy languages do so. Dictionaries are a way to record a portion of the lexical knowledge base of a language, words words for objects, relationships, concepts, and anything else, and to make it widely available. My Talking Dictionaries help establish a first presence for small languages in the internet. So far, working with Swarthmore students in my lab, we’ve built talking dictionaries for Siletz De-ni, Matukar, Chamacoco, Remo, Sora, Ho and other small languages.
  • Mar 16, 2012
  • 11:58 AM

Planet Word [book review]

Steve Dow / Sydney Morning Herald
...where might today's languages be thousands of years hence? Some say they won't exist and Planet Word, a story of language with an Anglo-centric bias authored by British film and television producer John Paul Davidson abetted with a foreword by polymath and entertainer Stephen Fry - who stars in the TV series of the same name screening on ABC1 - does not venture an answer.
  • Mar 16, 2012
  • 02:32 AM

Language: The Cultural Tool by Daniel Everett – review

Tim Radford /
Language, in the Everett formula, is the sum of cognition plus culture plus communication. There is no need for a language instinct to set a three-year-old suddenly talking nineteen to the dozen. The infant's ambient culture compels the order of subject, verb and object, the potency of individual words and phrases (such as "nineteen to the dozen"), and the precise choice of phonemes.
  • Mar 13, 2012
  • 07:34 PM

Professor helps document African language for the first time

Monta Reinfelde / College Heights Herald
Over two decades ago, Kpelle, the language secondary in Liberia behind English, had never been recorded. Thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Winkler, WKU associate professor of linguistics, Liberia now has the first written source of their language in its history — the Kpelle Dictionary.
  • Mar 12, 2012
  • 01:38 PM

Bilingual dictionaries to promote India's mother tongues

Madhusree Chatterjee /
New Delhi : The campaign to preserve vernacular mother tongues and make knowledge accessible to students through translation across the linguistic arc has taken a big stride with a new bilingual dictionary series in Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada from the source language, English.
  • Mar 08, 2012
  • 05:45 PM

Translating Twitter into languages read right to left isn't easy

Deborah Netburn / Los Angeles Times
Twitter now comes in 28 languages. The newest ones -- Hebrew, Farsi, Arabic and Urdu -- were added just this week. Those four languages posed a particular problem to Twitter's team of translation volunteers because they are read from right to left, rather than left to right. Therefore the translation required not just word challenges, but technical and design challenges too.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 08:04 PM

Dulac native celebrates Cajun language, heritage with book

Thad Angelloz / Houma Courier
From an early age, Gordon Voisin of Houma understood there was something special about the language he heard his parents speaking inside their modest down-the-bayou home. It’s that language that sparked Voisin to author a book in an effort to preserve the Cajun-French language he’d grown accustomed to listening to as a youngster in Dulac.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 11:47 AM

Google+ Now Available In Nine Indic Languages; No Transliteration Support

Vikas SN /
While Google didn’t categorically mention the 16 newly included languages, we are quite certain that only Hindi was available during the launch of Google+. So with that assumption, the newly added Indic languages include Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. (Correct us if we’re wrong). Users can change their Google+ language through their Google Accounts settings page.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 01:08 AM

IndigiTUBE: Media Made By And For The Indigenous People In Remote Australia

Rezwan / Global Voices Online
IndigiTUBE includes both a radio portal and a video streaming service. The website features videos in 25 different Indigenous languages with topics ranging from hunting, fishing and cooking shows, bird identification, music videos and traditional ceremonies.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 12:51 AM

Twitter Moves Right-To-Left, Adds Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, and Urdu

Josh Wolford / WebProNews
In January, Twitter added four new right-to-left languages to their Translation Center, the crowdsourcing project that allows users from multiple different languages to help translate Twitter (the service, not the actual tweets). Now, they’ve announced that the work is complete and you can now interact with Twitter in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, and Urdu.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 12:13 AM

Through the Language Glass [Book Review]

The Guardian
The first section of the book, entitled "The Language Mirror", provides an overview of the practical reasons why words for individual colors appear in a consistent order across human languages. Words for black and white appear first since night and day are the most obvious events in a human's daily life and they present the strongest contrasts.
  • Mar 04, 2012
  • 10:42 PM

A Road Trip In Search Of America's Lost Languages (audio)

The vast majority of the 175 indigenous languages still spoken in the United States are on the verge of extinction. Linguist Elizabeth Little spent two years driving all over the country looking for the few remaining pockets where those languages are still spoken — from the scores of Native American tongues, to the Creole of Louisiana. The resulting book is Trip of the Tongue: Cross-Country Travels in Search of America's Lost Languages.
  • 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 29, 2012
  • 01:52 AM

Irish language social network launched

Éanna Ó Caollaí / Irish Times
The core concept of is that at least 70 per cent of all posts and comments must be in Irish. It automatically calculates the percentage of Irish in each post and then invites the user to amend the submission if required. A spellchecker is provided and an integrated version of Google translate allows users to translate any words they do not know.
  • Feb 28, 2012
  • 04:38 PM

Unique languages, universal patterns

Peter Dizikes / MIT News
In turn, the similarities between English and Japanese underscore a larger point about human language, in Miyagawa’s view: All its varieties exist within a relatively structured framework. Languages are different, but not radically different. Dating to the 1950s, in fact, much of MIT’s linguistics program has aimed to identify the similar pathways that apparently unrelated languages take.
  • Feb 28, 2012
  • 03:32 PM

Wikipedia Now In Marathi, To Expand To 25 Indian Languages Soon

Nandana Das / VC Circle
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia which works in collaboration with contributors worldwide to update and maintain content on its websites, has added Marathi as a language for user interface as a part of the process to launch the website in 25 major Indian regional languages.
  • Feb 28, 2012
  • 03:04 PM

Kone Foundation grants EUR 6 million for language programme

Helsingin Sanomat
The Kone Foundation has granted a total of EUR 6 million in funding for a language programme aimed at supporting the documentation and status of the Finno-Ugric languages and Finnish minority languages.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 05:44 PM

Whoopensocker dictionary of American dialect completed after 50 years

Alison Flood / The Guardian
From whoopensocker to upscuddle, strubbly to swivet, 50 years after it was first conceived the Dictionary of American Regional English is finally about to reach the end of the alphabet. The fifth volume of the dictionary, covering "slab" to "zydeco", is out in March from Harvard University Press.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 05:26 PM

Hangeul and Its Inventor Get Global Academic Attention

The Chosun Ilbo
King Sejong the Great, who is credited with inventing the Korean alphabet or Hangeul, is getting attention from linguists around the world. In its "Fifty Key Thinkers" series, British publisher Routledge devotes a chapter to the Korean monarch in the "Fifty Key Thinkers on Language and Linguistics."
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 05:22 PM

Book speaks up for Indigenous language

ABC Local
An Aboriginal language centre in Western Australia's Pilbara says it hopes a bilingual story book will help preserve a traditional language described as critically endangered. The Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre has worked in collaboration with speakers of the Yinhawangka language, June and Joyce Inji, to create a children's picture book.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 05:10 PM

New Tlingit “encyclopedia” baffling to scholars, speakers

Robert Woolsey / KCAW
A new encyclopedia of the Tlingit language has teachers in Sitka scratching their heads. The massive work by New Zealand scholar Sally-Ann Lambert is extraordinarily detailed, and the product of years of effort. The problem is: The language in the book is not recognizable by contemporary scholars, or Native Tlingit speakers.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 04:29 PM

First Turkish-Spanish/Spanish-Turkish dictionary with phonetic transcription presented at University of the Basque Country

Basque Research
The Faculty of Arts at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in the Basque capital city of Vitoria-Gasteiz was the location chosen for the presentation of the only Turkish-Spanish/Spanish-Turkish dictionary to date that brings together the phonetic transcription of entries, as well as having ample introductions on both Spanish and Turkish grammar.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 03:58 PM

A pahticulah way of talking

Ben Zimmer / Boston Globe
This is just one of many fascinating linguistic vignettes revealed in the new book “Speaking American: A History of English in the United States,” by the late University of Michigan scholar Richard W. Bailey. A preeminent figure in the study of American English, Bailey died last April after a four-year health struggle following a near-fatal car accident.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 03:08 PM

Ojibwe language goes online

Dan Gunderson / Minnesota Public Radio
Moorhead, Minn. — The University of Minnesota has just completed work on a new on-line dictionary of Ojibwe language and culture. The dictionary has thousands of recorded Ojibwe words, and also links words to photos and documents in the Minnesota Historical Society collection.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 09:01 AM

Private papers want Dzongkha out

Sonam Pelden / Kuensel
Newspaper CEOs and editors said Dzongkha editions were being published more as a requirement, which was not necessarily helping to promote the national language. Media development and Dzongkha development should not be mixed, they said. Bhutan Observer’s chief executive officer, Phuntsho Wangmo, said they spent Nu 100M in the past five years on their weekly Dzongkha edition alone.
  • Feb 20, 2012
  • 11:27 AM

Cyber zoo to preserve endangered languages

Whyalla News
Eight new ''talking dictionaries'' have been unveiled by linguists who journeyed to some of the most remote corners of the world in search of vanishing languages. They feature more than 32,000 written words, 24,000 audio recordings of native speakers pronouncing words and sentences, as well as photos of cultural objects.
  • Feb 18, 2012
  • 02:12 PM

How Americans Have Reshaped Language

John McWhorter / The New York Times
In “Speaking American,” a history of American English, Richard W. Bailey argues that geography is largely behind our fluid evaluations of what constitutes “proper” English. Early Americans were often moving westward, and the East Coast, unlike European cities, birthed no dominant urban standard.
  • Feb 15, 2012
  • 03:27 PM

Land of the Rising Zun: Yiddish to Japanese Dictionary Has 28,000 Entries

Ross Perlin / The Forward
Sadan pegs the number of Japanese proficient in Yiddish at fewer than 20, though more have partial knowledge of the language. All, he says, are driven by “healthy intellectual curiosity and interest in traditional Ashkenazic culture, which, unlike modern Israeli culture, seems to have much in common with traditional Japanese culture.”
  • Feb 15, 2012
  • 02:42 PM

First Fanti Dictionary launched in Accra

Accra, Jan. 15, GNA – The First ever Fanti Words and Idioms Dictionary has been launched in Accra to promote the speaking of local languages for national development.
  • Feb 13, 2012
  • 06:48 PM

Native Languages Stay Alive on Web

Lauren Maxwell / KTVA CBS 11 News Alaska
The website includes an Alutiiq dictionary where users can not only see the way the word is written but actually hear how it is pronounced. There are also numerous study guides for children of varying ages.