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Language Family: Tibetan

  • Mar 18, 2012
  • 09:06 PM

Massive Tibetan student protest again over switch to Chinese language education
About 4,000 students of Tibetan schools in three counties in Qinghai Province have staged demonstrations on Mar 14 to protest against a possible shift to Chinese as the medium of teaching all the non-language subjects, reported (Radio Free Asia, Washington) Mar 14. The protests were reported to have occurred in schools in Rebkong (in Chinese, Tongren), Tsekhog (Zeku) and Kangtsa (Gangcha) counties.
  • 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.
  • Jan 10, 2012
  • 01:17 AM

China develops minority language translation software

China Daily
BEIJING - China on Friday announced five software applications designed to further promote and standardize the use of minority languages. These programs include electronic dictionaries for the characters of the Yi and Zhuang ethnic groups, a proofreading tool for the Zhuang ethnic language, and transcoding applications for the languages of the Tibetan, Uygur, Kazakh and Kyrgyz ethnicities, according to a statement released Friday by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission.
  • Dec 27, 2011
  • 11:53 PM

China to open 251 schools in Tibet to teach Mandarin, Tibetan

K J M Varma / MSN India
According to the plan, Tibet will enroll 15,000 rural children into bilingual kindergartens in 2012, said Chen Quanguo, secretary of the Tibetan Regional Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC). By 2015, the two-year bilingual preschool education shall cover most of the region''s rural areas, Chen said.
  • Aug 15, 2011
  • 04:32 PM

PTV launches news service in Shina and Balti languages

Pakistan Observer
Gilgit—The people from all walks of life have lauded the news service of Pakistan Television (PTV) in regional languages of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and said it was another hallmark of the present government.
  • Jul 29, 2011
  • 11:06 PM

No move to replace medium of instruction

15th Meet The Press 29 July, 2011 - There are no proposals, plans or policy decisions to replace English with Dzongkha as the medium of instruction, Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley said during the 15th meet the press session yesterday.
  • Jul 22, 2011
  • 12:27 PM

Arunachal to introduce Bhoti in Buddhist-inhabited areas

Times of India
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh is all set to introduce Bhoti - one of the richest ancient languages of the world - as a subject in schools across Buddhist-inhabited areas in four districts from the next academic session.
  • May 26, 2011
  • 08:45 PM

UN Expert's Intervention in Marginalisation of Tibetan Language

Tibet Post International
Dharamshala: Four human rights experts from the UN Human Rights Council on 22 October 2010 issued a joint urgent appeal to China regarding allegations relating to restrictions imposed on the use of the Tibetan language in schools in northeastern Tibet.
  • May 02, 2011
  • 10:33 PM

China's Tibetan TV channel popular with diverse programs, like Prince William's wedding

The Tibetan dialects used for broadcasting within China are Standard Tibetan (which is based on the speech of Lhasa), Khams, and Amdo. However, Tibetans speaking only one dialect often have difficulty in communicating with those speaking the other two due to their considerable differences.
  • Apr 19, 2011
  • 01:41 AM

Honesty and language: Economical with the truth?

The Economist - Johnson Blog
...Mr Mortenson's written response blames the confusion on the Balti language of the people of Korphe: "Even the Balti language — an archaic dialect of Tibetan — has only a vague concept of tenses and time. For example, "now" can mean immediately or sometime over the course of a whole long season...