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Category: Revival

  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 05:02 PM

Coushatta Tribe strives to revive native language (video)

Holly Carter / KPLC
The Koasati language of the Coushatta Indians has been a part of their culture for decades. But in recent years, it's disappeared, dissolved, English now the popular language on the reservation. Tribal leaders are trying to change that through new language classes that are aimed at preserving Koasati.
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 06:34 PM

Languages: The Digital Sounds of Bésiro (Chiquitano) (audio)

Eddie Avila / Global Voices Online the city of Santa Cruz, a group of young linguists led by Ignacio Tomicha Chuve, has started a project called Monkox Bésiro as a way to put the Bésiro (Chiquitano) language on the digital map. This language is spoken the Chiquitano people in several provinces in the Santa Cruz and Bení departments with estimates that between 20,000-60,000 speakers still remain.
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 05:28 PM

Language shoots are still growing

Alice Te Puni / Gisborne Herald
IT was school holidays across the nation but, in Gisborne, free te reo Maori classes enticed intermediate-level speakers back into the classroom. About two dozen students attended the four-day wananga called Te Kawae Hue, which means “young shoot still growing”.
  • Apr 20, 2012
  • 06:36 PM

The literary festival breathing life into the Welsh language

Daily Mail
History has tried hard to consign the Welsh language to the linguistic scrapheap. But the launch of Dinefwr Literature Festival packs another punch in the ancient tongue's fightback. The first-ever bilingual Welsh festival will be held over three days from June 29 to July 1 at the National Trust’s rather lovely Dinefwr Park and Castle, in the heart of the Carmarthenshire countryside.
  • Apr 19, 2012
  • 08:01 PM

Marae hosts Hawaiian scholar's lu'au

Elton Smallman /
The lu'au at Kirikiriroa Marae is for Keao NeSmith, a native of Kauai, who is back in Hamilton to receive a doctorate for his work on the revitalisation of the Hawaiian language. Mr NeSmith teaches the Hawaiian language at the University of Hawai'i and has taken time off to come back for his graduation.
  • Apr 19, 2012
  • 07:41 PM

Gaelic for toddlers plan welcomed

John O'Groat Journal
“I have no problem with this at all. I have never been against Gaelic – although I did oppose the bilingual Gaelic road signs,” Mr Flear told the Caithness Courier. “The perception in some quarters is that if you are against bilingual road signs then you are anti-Gaelic but that is not the case. I am pleased people want their children to be immersed in the Gaelic language.”
  • Apr 18, 2012
  • 11:18 AM

Saving the native tongues of Australia (video)

Al Jazeera
In Australia, only a handful of hundreds of indigenous languages have managed to survive following decades of European colonisation that heavily suppressed the native ways of life. But many of the country's indigenous groups are struggling to save their languages and preserve their cultures in the process.
  • Apr 17, 2012
  • 05:07 PM

New wellness center hosts first Pomo language workshop

Lake County News
“Several outside factors have contributed to the historical loss of language within Pomo communities,” Lim said. “The vitality of many indigenous languages was destroyed by federal policies that targeted Native peoples and cultures for extermination. The loss of tribal lands, and genocide of whole communities, disrupted the continuity of native languages and cultures.”
  • Apr 16, 2012
  • 04:11 PM

Helping to maintain Mi'Kmaw culture

Clayton Hunt / The Coaster
"I was seeing a break in the connection between the home, parents and their children in learning the language, so I wanted to find a way to bridge that gap," Christmas said. "I wanted to make that connection between the children learning the language and sharing the language with the parents without putting any stress on them as adults have difficulty with the language themselves.
  • Apr 16, 2012
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Plaid Cymru’s Image 2: Welsh-speakers inhabit a networked community

Cynog Dafis / clickonwales
There is no mystery about the close identification of Plaid Cymru and the Welsh language. The party, and to a great extent the home-rule movement which has through devolution given us the ‘civic national identity’ which both Ken and I celebrate, sprang almost exclusively from a Welsh-speaking community acutely aware of its vulnerability amid the rapid change of 20th Century Wales.
  • Apr 14, 2012
  • 09:00 PM

Fighting to keep Mohawk language alive

Steve Bonspiel / The Gazette
The Mohawk language, which is called Kanien'kéha, has been in trouble for a long time. It is still spoken among elders, but a number of factors play into the dire situation it's in today - not just in Kahnawake, but in all Mohawk communities. It's estimated only 3,000 people in the world speak Mohawk fluently.
  • Apr 14, 2012
  • 01:53 PM

Ni Riada is Sinn Fein's Irish language officer

Joe Leogue / The Corkman
Party leader Gerry Adams TD said that the appointment of Liadh Ní Riada, daughter of famous composer Seán O Riada, was proof that the party "was committed to the revival of the language" and that he was looking forward to seeing the positive results of her work.
  • Apr 11, 2012
  • 04:10 PM

Welsh-only education will damage economy, say business leaders

Rachael Misstear / WalesOnline
A row has erupted over plans to phase out teaching pupils in English at a primary school in a Welsh language stronghold. Business leaders say the move could hinder the economy. Ysgol Gynradd Aberteifi is the last remaining dual language primary school in the Cardigan area, with the nearest school teaching in English more than 20 miles away in New Quay.
  • Apr 11, 2012
  • 03:54 PM

Donegal's radio pioneer celebrates historic anniversary

Michelle Nic Phaidin / Donegal Democrat
The boundaries of the Gaeltacht dictate that the rich linguistic qualities of Irish in each region differ from that of the other, affiliated with the different streams of language that has evolved over hundreds of years is a difficulty for one region to understand that of another. According to Timlín, Raidió na Gaeltachta has played a vital part in dulling the linguistic boundaries and differences between each dialect and helps each region understand another enhancing a common understanding to a rich, complex language.
  • Apr 11, 2012
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Hishuk Ish Tsawalk: Everything is One

Anna Luisa Daigneault / The Dominion
Kathy Robinson is a language warrior. At the age of 81, she is one of the last two fluent native speakers of Tseshaht (pronounced “tsi-sha-aht”), a language once popularly spoken on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Tseshaht is not the only language Indigenous to Canada that is at risk of disappearing.
  • Apr 10, 2012
  • 11:05 PM

Call to protect dying Indigenous languages (audio)

Nance Haxton / ABC Online
Linguists say there is a critical need to preserve Indigenous Australian languages that are in danger of dying out. Research shows that up to 90 per cent of the world's 7,000 languages could be lost by the end of the century. Of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, only 20 from of an original 250 are still widely spoken.
  • Apr 10, 2012
  • 05:35 PM

Members united as language group marks anniversary

This is South Wales
Since 1998, Menter Cwm Gwendraeth has been working strategically on the basis of the Welsh Assembly and Carmarthenshire Council's community planning framework, by ensuring the Welsh language is instrumental in the development of every project.
  • Apr 10, 2012
  • 03:36 PM

Australian linguicide - Des Crump (audio)

Peter Gooch / ABC Online
It's not a record to be proud of, but Australia appears to be world champions at linguicide - the killing of languages. Out of an estimated 250 spoken by indigenous people only 20 are now in common usage. Linguistics professor GHIL'AD ZUCKERMANN is urging Australians to join a global movement designed to revive endangered tongues....
  • Apr 08, 2012
  • 04:58 PM

Why Should We Keep Tribal Languages Alive?

Sonny Skyhawk / Indian Country Today Media
I canʼt stress enough the importance of retaining our tribal languages, when it comes to the core relevance or existence of our people. Our languages can teach us many things through daily use. Language can teach us respect, for ourselves and each other, our elders, women and most importantly, the things that allowed us to exist.
  • Apr 08, 2012
  • 02:59 AM

Councillors agree to Gaelic language plan

Will Clark / John O'Groat Journal
COUNCILLORS have agreed to the second-generation Gaelic language plan which will be implemented in the Highlands over the next four years. The new plan, which will run until 2016, will set out the Highland Council’s aims and ambitions to promote the language.
  • Apr 08, 2012
  • 02:14 AM

Keeping languages alive: A different kind of conservation

Pete Zrioka / Mother Nature Network
Natalie Diaz, coordinator of the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program, has been recording and transcribing the Mojave language for three years. In 2009, she contacted the CIE, which sponsored a Mojave language summit at ASU. This led to a collaborative CIE-Fort Mojave National Science Foundation grant to aid in the language recovery efforts.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 03:32 PM

Making sense of the census

Pól Ó Muirí / Irish Times
Other speakers in today’s Tuarascáil also highlight the need to provide extra support for young students learning the language in the Gaeltacht and outside it. Muireann Ní Mhóráin of COGG, an organisation for Irish-language and Gaeltacht education, worries that the teaching of Irish is not working while Gael-Linn head honcho, Antoine Ó Coileáin, wonders if the stats will be properly incorporated into any future language planning.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 02:37 PM

Capturing the Wajarri language brings joy to elders

Gian De Poloni / ABC Online
"When I was growing up around the Mullewa area in the 1940s, the government at the time said they didn't want children to be taught the language," she said. "That was the saddest thing that they didn't want the parents who were the fluent speakers to teach their children the language." But, efforts are being made to redress the loss.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 11:32 AM

Cherokee translator making up for lost time

Cherokee Phoenix
The result of her children’s generation not learning to speak Cherokee is a language gap between her generation and the generation of children attending the Cherokee Language Immersion School. The future of the language may rest in the hands of the 100 or so students at the immersion school, and Edwards said she is happy to support the school and enjoys visiting the students.
  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 05:49 PM

Minister Launches Líofa In Carntogher
The initiative encourages people to learn Irish with the goal of becoming fluent by 2015. The Minister said: "I welcome this opportunity to visit Carntogher and see how the Irish language is thriving. This is a living example of a rural community embracing Irish at grass roots level and creating a vibrant Galetacht area.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 02:06 AM

Spreading word on native tongue

Cherie Taylor / The Daily Post
Rongopai Kohanga Reo kaiako matua (head teacher) Sue Manihera says the language is becoming a vital part of life for Maori today as it was many generations ago. Te reo is being revived through the children today. "It is taonga (treasure) that has been lost to us. It is being resurrected," she says.
  • Mar 30, 2012
  • 02:32 PM

Oji-Cree, Ojibwe languages getting stronger

Rick Garrick / Wawatay News
While older youth seem to be using their languages less frequently, especially in urban centres, more elementary school children are learning Oji-Cree and Ojibwe and that has instructors optimistic for the future of the languages.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 01:15 PM

Woosh kaanáxh gaxhtuda.aat: Conference convenes in Sitka

Xh’unei Lance A. Twitchell / Juneau Empire
...this year’s conference will feature a Lingít Yoo Xh’atángi Eetí Ká: Tlingit Language Immersion Room. This room is dedicated to speakers and learners of Tlingit, and anyone else who wants to hear this beautiful and complex language. Tlingit is extremely endangered, with an estimated 200 speakers remaining and a small but dedicated group of learners who are doing their best to make sure the language not only survives...
  • Mar 28, 2012
  • 01:38 PM

Maori Language Commission seeks cash boost

Kate Chapman /
The body charged with promoting the Maori language says it hasn't seen a funding increase in five years. Appearing before Parliament's Maori affairs select committee this morning, chair of the Maori Language Commission Erima Henare said the $3 million baseline budget was a "difficult issue".
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 08:24 PM

Promoting the use of Welsh in local shops and businesses

Dee / The Penny Post
One of the biggest hurdles when learning to speak Welsh is knowing where you can practise speaking and having the confidence to have a go. It’s not uncommon for a learner to say that they have been going to the same shop for years, but never realised that someone behind the counter could speak Welsh, so they never tried.