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Stories about Language

19 November 2015

Revitalizing the Yekuana Language With an Academic Perspective

Rising Voices

A Yekuana indigenous student prepares his senior thesis about the relation between orality, information, and communication technologies.

29 October 2015

Want to Research the Russian Internet But Don't Speak Russian? We Can Help.

RuNet Echo

Conducting open-source research is especially challenging when you don't speak the language of your research topic. Thanks to the Internet, however, even these obstacles don't make it impossible.

17 October 2015

You May Not Know It—But If You Speak Spanish, You Speak Some Arabic Too

Joy Diaz speaks English and Spanish. When she met her daughter's Arabic-speaking teacher, she realized how many Arabic words she also knows.

11 October 2015

Is Beirut the Codeswitching Capital of the World?

In Beirut, most people don't just speak one language, but a mix of three: English, French and Arabic. It's what many in Beirut call Lebanon's mother tongue.

9 October 2015

Help! I Can't Communicate With My Mandarin-Speaking Grandpa

The Bridge

US-born Yowei Shaw speaks virtually no Mandarin. Her Taiwanese grandfather speaks virtually no English. She's determined to have proper conversations with Yeye— before it's too late.

28 September 2015

Text-to-Speech Software Teaches How to Pronounce Words in Quechua on Social Media

Rising Voices

Hinantin is a project aiming to develop Quechua-related software that spreads the indigenous language online through various social networks.

14 September 2015

Learn To Speak English With a ‘Pershian’ Accent

The group behind the project explains, "As a Persian living outside of Iran, I miss speaking Farsi. Whenever I hear someone speak with a Persian accent it makes my day."

10 September 2015

An Animated History of How the Cherokee Have Adapted Their Language for Technology

Rising Voices

This is the video story of how the Cherokee language has adapted and evolved over time to be used with the newest communication technologies introduced to society.

27 August 2015

No, India, Hindi Will Not Take Over Without a Fight

People all across India are pushing back against government policies and new trends in human migration that have made the imposition of the Hindi language a sensitive political issue.

9 August 2015

Making the Culture and Language of Peru's Nomatsigenga People Accessible and Enduring

Rising Voices

The Cultural Archive of the Nomatsigenga Language and Culture promises to be a blueprint for indigenous knowledge preservation in South America.

8 August 2015

Hong Kong Chinglish Page Conquers the Local Internet Overnight

You think an actor like Jackie Chan lacks rice? What spring are you upping?

23 July 2015

Shipibo Stories Pass to the Next Generation—With a Little Help From Digital Media

Rising Voices

In the Peruvian Amazon, the Chariboan Joi citizen journalism project has been training young Shipibo to digitally capture traditional stories from their elders to preserve their language and culture.

22 July 2015

Singing Lullabies to Preserve the Butchulla Language

Rising Voices

The Butchulla language, spoken by the people native to Fraser Island in Australia, faced extinction in the 20th century. It is now being revitalized thanks to the Butchulla Language Program.

3 July 2015

A Workshop Gathers Digital Activists Revitalizing Indigenous Languages in Colombia

Rising Voices

Indigenous youth from across Colombia gathered in Bogotá to share experiences and join the network of indigenous language digital activists.

30 June 2015

Ecuador's Sarayaku People Are Preserving Their Identity Through Video

Rising Voices

Sarayaku youth in Ecuador are using new technologies to preserve their cultural identity and ancestral legends.

12 June 2015

The Newly Updated Indic Keyboard App Now Supports 22 Asian Languages

Rising Voices

A mobile input app called Indic Keyboard's newest release now supports language input in 22 Asian languages including 18 Indian languages apart from English, with 54 input layouts.

7 June 2015

Will Icelanders One Day Ditch Their Language for English?

Icelandic identity is, according to a popular poem, land, nation and tongue. Remove one, and the others collapse. So, will the Icelandic nation survive if the Icelandic language dies out?

2 June 2015

Readers Can Now Enjoy Little Red Riding Hood and Other Fairy Tales in the Cree Language

Rising Voices

Through the efforts of a blogger, popular fairy tales and fables are now available in the Cree language in an attempt to encourage greater literacy in this native language.

31 May 2015

Odia Wikipedia Set to Celebrate 13 Years of Volunteer Contributions

Rising Voices

A project that was virtually unknown a few years back with monthly page views in the low thousands recorded 8,08,834 page views in March 2015 alone.

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