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  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 10:34 AM

Why we have so much to thank the activists for

Dion Tuuta / Taranaki Daily News
By the early 1970s, therefore, Maori language and culture was in a perilous position. That spurred a new generation of Maori leaders to stand up and actively work to halt the further loss of the Maori way of life, sometimes in the face of open hostility from wider New Zealand society.
  • Mar 23, 2012
  • 02:02 AM

Surprise at number of parents speaking Maori

New Zealand Herald
...16 per cent of mothers and 12 per cent of fathers spoke at least some Maori language to their babies. Earlier interviews during pregnancy found that only 5 per cent of mothers and 3.5 per cent of fathers could hold a conversation in Maori. Almost a quarter (24 per cent) of the study's 6846 babies were described by their mothers as Maori.
  • Mar 22, 2012
  • 09:25 AM

Program seeks to recover Afognak's lost Alutiiq words

The News Tribune / James Brooks
The Native village of Afognak is beginning a long-term project to digitize hundreds of hours of video and audio conversations with Alutiiq elders, converting them into a format accessible to modern researchers. Locked within the recordings may be Alutiiq language words lost to current speakers.
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 09:04 PM

Lawmakers Consider Olelo Hawaii Month Designation

Wendy Osher / Maui Now
Two state senate committees will hear a bill this afternoon seeking the designation of February as Olelo Hawaii Month to celebrate and encourage the use of the Hawaiian Language.
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 07:47 PM

11 graduates trained to teach ailing Tsuu T'ina language
Eleven adults in the Tsuu T'ina First Nation just graduated from a program designed to help save their endangered language. Tsuut'ina is an Athabascan language with only about 50 speakers left.
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 07:32 PM

PENINSULA REFLECTIONS: Bringing SENĆOŦEN back from the brink

Andrew Farris / Peninsula News Review
The arrival of the Europeans had a profound impact upon these SENĆOŦEN speakers. Newly introduced European diseases dramatically reduced the population while the introduction of residential schools forced Saanich children to unlearn their language.
  • Mar 19, 2012
  • 11:56 PM

Pen pal program connects Cherokee youth

Scott / Cherokee One Feather
A recent pen pal program with the Cherokee Nation’s language immersion school has the students connecting with each other in unique ways. First off, all of the letters are written and addressed in the Cherokee language. “The intent of the two programs, since we started this school, was to make sure the students knew they weren’t the only ones their age that were speaking Cherokee fluently...
  • Mar 18, 2012
  • 08:53 PM

Contest helps keep Chamorro language alive

Jacob Camacho / Pacific Daily News
The event helped Chamorro culture educators' efforts to keep the local language and culture vibrant. With March being Chamorro Month, the emphasis on learning the language is amplified. One of the creators of the language competition, author, educator and playwright Peter Onedera has said the Chamorro language is the "soul of the culture."
  • Mar 18, 2012
  • 06:19 PM

Language preservation helps American Indian students stick with college

Marisa Agha / The Sacramento Bee
Among the center's first efforts is a language preservation project with the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians in northern San Diego County, made possible by a $40,000 gift from the tribe. Through the project, staff members and students like Murphy have gone to the Pauma reservation to collect photographs and record the native language once predominantly spoken by tribal members.
  • Mar 17, 2012
  • 07:27 PM

Can foreign speakers help the Irish language survive? (video)

Kate Dailey / BBC News
Still, Mr Ó Brádaigh warns that while interest in learning Irish is on the rise, the Irish-speaking communities that shape and protect the language are on the brink. The ratio of Irish learners to Irish speakers is greater than any other language in the world, he says. "There's a worldwide network of Irish speakers, but the native speaker areas are under severe distress.
  • Mar 16, 2012
  • 06:45 PM

NSU students read in Cherokee with immersion students

Tesina Jackson / Cherokee Phoenix
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – To get students to learn the Cherokee language, a kindergarten class at the Cherokee Nation Immersion School got the chance to sit and read books in Cherokee with Northeastern State University students.
  • Mar 15, 2012
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Promoting te reo through music

Sadie Beckman / The Dominion Post
Moa Music's Paul Bognuda says the gig, outside the Waterfront Bar at Raumati Beach, will feature performances in te reo Maori from several artists, with a focus on increasing Maori language use and appreciation.
  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 04:43 PM

Demand for Gaelic in Glasgow

The Scottish Government
Interest in Gaelic Medium Education (GME) in Glasgow is now so high that mothballed classrooms are to be opened up for use to meet demand. The conversion, which has been funded by £200,000 funding from the Scottish Government will take place at the Woodside Campus of Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu (Glasgow Gaelic School).
  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 03:36 PM

Indigenous Focus: Chilean Government Announces Additional Initiatives to Save Indigenous Languagese

Laura Seelau, Ryan Seelau / I Love Chile News
This week the Chilean government announced two separate programs designed to preserve Indigenous languages and transmit them to the next generation. They will promote the teaching of Indigenous languages to urban youth and will allow Indigenous communities to design and implement their own projects for rescuing and preserving native tongues.
  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 03:09 PM

Keeping the Welsh language alive (video)

BBC News
At Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw, a Welsh-speaking school, students are celebrating the continued use of the language. It is 50 years since poet, historian and political activist Saunders Lewis warned that the Welsh language might no longer be spoken by the beginning of the 21st century.
  • Mar 14, 2012
  • 10:30 PM

Elders share language and culture

Cara Brady / Vernon Morning Star
The name, Nkm’aplqs isn’ma’ma’ya’tn klsqilxwtet Language and Cultural Immersion School, means “a learning place towards and in the direction of our indigenous Okanagan ways.”
  • Mar 14, 2012
  • 12:09 PM

Oklahoma museum offers linguistics workshop focusing on indigenous communities
Registration is open for “Oklahoma Breath of Life — Silent No More,” a workshop at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman. It is designed for indigenous communities that no longer have fluent first language speakers.
  • Mar 13, 2012
  • 12:17 PM

Welsh language 'needs twice as much public money', says WLB

Brendan Hughes / WalesOnline
The statutory body, which is being dissolved at the end of the month, urged the Welsh Government to push its spending on the Welsh language towards the £20m mark over the next five years. It also said developing the language must go hand in hand with improving Wales’ economy, emphasising the need to secure more jobs for those in the traditional Welsh-speaking communities.
  • Mar 12, 2012
  • 09:43 PM

Na Puka Kula: Hawaiian Immersion Graduates

Martha Cheng / Honolulu Magazine
Some of the first graduates of the Hawaiian immersion schools have been out on their own in the adult world for a few years now. We caught up with four of them for their reflections on the schools, the language and their futures.
  • Mar 12, 2012
  • 02:29 AM

Second generation Gaelic plan sets out council's ambitions

John O'Groat Journal
There are five themes of the plan, all of which contribute to increasing the number of Gaelic speakers. They are: Gaelic in the home and community; Gaelic in education; Gaelic in the arts, media and heritage; Gaelic in the workplace and Gaelic in economic development.
  • Mar 11, 2012
  • 01:57 PM

Irish is spreading like a sexually transmitted disease

Concubhar O Liathain / Irish Independent
There are some of my generation and older who listen to Irish as it is spoken by the coming generation and they feel pain; it is so unlike the rich poetic language they spoke themselves. But this is Irish for a new age and a new generation. It's a modern language of communication, and preservation as if it were in a museum isn't compatible with that and is not an option.
  • Mar 11, 2012
  • 01:48 AM

Nia Parry out to get more people speaking Welsh in Hwb on S4C

Daily Post
ALL over Wales there are hundreds of people who have lived with the Welsh language all their lives, yet they never speak a word of it. They learned it in school, their parents spoke it, they may even send their children to a Welsh-medium school, but they don’t have the confidence to speak it in conversation. S4C presenter Nia Parry is out to change all that.
  • Mar 10, 2012
  • 08:37 PM

Manx school celebrates (video)

Isle of Man News
The Manx Gaelic School, or Bunscoill Ghaelgagh in Manx, is celebrating its 10th year
  • Mar 08, 2012
  • 01:17 PM

Tunisia: Amazighs Push to Institutionalize Language and Culture

Houda Mzioudet /
The Amazigh language is rich and spoken in different dialects. Therefore, speakers at the conference advocated that a standardized version of the language be instituted for all Amazighs. The official number of Tunisian Amazighs, who speak their ancestral Tamazight language, is 1% of the whole Tunisian population, including scattered communities in the towns of Matmata, Tataouine, and the island of Djerba.
  • Mar 08, 2012
  • 01:13 PM

Irish spoken in some areas for 'first time since Famine'

Marie O'Halloran / Irish Times
Mr Martin acknowledged the ambition of the 20-year strategy to increase the number of people speaking Irish on a daily basis from 83,000 to 250,000, but he said children were now speaking Irish in towns and cities around the country and he claimed the previous government had made great progress in Irish.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 12:48 AM

In Hebrew's revival, a Nordic people see hope

Daniella Cheslow / The Associated Press
JERUSALEM (AP) — Norway's Sami people, an indigenous community with roots as reindeer herders in the northern reaches of Scandinavia and Russia, are looking south to Israel for help preserving their fading native language. A Sami delegation spent five days in Israel recently, hoping the Jewish state's experience reviving the once-dormant ancient Hebrew language can provide a blueprint for them.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 12:40 AM

Irish language endangered by austerity measures

Finbar McDonnell / Irish Times
A crucial exception to this optimism is the decline in the use of Irish in Gaeltacht areas. This is primarily due to these communities being largely rural and remote (why the language survived in the first place), and so having the economic tide against them. While the value of the language in these areas is firstly to those who live there, who tap directly into a rich Gaelic heritage, these communities provide inspiration for all who speak Irish.
  • Mar 05, 2012
  • 11:40 PM

Cornish language using social media to stay alive

Atlantic FM
The Cornish language is fighting back too using online tools. A teach yourself course is on its way, and there's also a weekly magazine programme broadcast on the web.
  • Mar 05, 2012
  • 11:34 AM

Professor urges teaching of Ibaloi language

Aldwin Quitasol / Bulatlat
The Ibaloi scholar said that the Ibaloi language is already traversing to extinction. He challenged the Ibaloi elders to prevent this. He said that the Ibaloi themselves will save the language and the culture from becoming extinct.
  • Mar 04, 2012
  • 10:45 PM

Breathe life into Guam's language, culture

Mina Sablan / Pacific Daily News
Let us imagine what it would be like if we could hear ourselves once again in the sounds of our language, the Chamorro language, the language of this homeland. When I hear the spoken language, it is like music to my ears.