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Stories about Language

26 May 2017

‘Untranslatable’ Blog Shines a Light on the Unique Vocabulary of Small Languages

Rising Voices

Do you know what "vakasteglok" in the Mwotlap language means? How about "kwadi" in the Hunsrik language?

23 May 2017

A Wikipedia Made for—and by—the Atikamekw First Nation in Canada

Rising Voices

An ongoing project, funded by the Wikimedia Foundation, is working with the Atikamekw community to develop Wikipedia content in their own language.

22 May 2017

Diaspora* and Other Free Software Are Available in the Occitan Language, Thanks to Volunteer Translators

Rising Voices

"I don’t like when people decide that one language has more value than another. In my opinion, every language is as equal as the next."

13 May 2017

How ‘Aspie’ Is Misunderstood, Mistranslated and Misused In Japan

"Will (people living with Aspergers syndrome) be happy to hear the term asupe used as slang, I wonder?"

17 April 2017

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

12 April 2017

You Can Conquer Digital Worlds in Scottish Gaelic, Thanks to Hard-Working Localizers

Rising Voices

GunChleoc has a passion for translating video games into Scottish Gaelic. Her story suggests an engaging new model of bringing high-quality digital content to languages of few speakers.

27 March 2017

Inspired by a Pioneering Nigerian Author, Yorùbá Language Advocate Takes to the Internet

Rising Voices

"...I knew I had to propagate the Yorùbá heritage to the world and the cheapest and easiest way to do that is via the international network of computers."

23 March 2017

These Techies Want Your Phone to Speak to You in Swahili

Rising Voices

Swahili is the second-most-widely-used language on the African continent. Yet automatic speech recognition isn’t commercially available in this language, denying many users the information they need.

15 March 2017

Poly, the Platform That Wants to Teach You Every Language in the World

Rising Voices

"We want to be more useful to the speakers of the language than the linguists, because the speakers are the ones who need it.”

20 February 2017

Local Language / Global Network: Designing Mobile Technology for Indigenous and Minority Language Users

Rising Voices

Lessons from how Irish speakers are interacting with mobile technologies may provide insights for speakers of other minority and indigenous languages.

12 February 2017

A New Audio Uploading Tool for Crowdsourced Wiktionary Project in Odia Language

Rising Voices

One Global Voices contributor who's passionate about the Odia language has created an open-source solution for recording and uploading words under open licenses for projects like Wiktionary.

1 February 2017

Fake, Fraud, False, Fabricated: Finding the Vocabulary for Truth in News

NewsFrames

Dwelling on "fake news" can raise questions about the overall limitations of fact-driven reporting, but we see it as an opportunity as well.

Nigerian ‘Cultural Evangelist’ Promotes African Languages with Apps and Digital Storytelling

Rising Voices

"Technology offers the best form of creative approach to preserving native languages. It aids the process of documentation, collaboration between language experts, offers a wide array of distribution medium etc."

31 January 2017

Building a Sustainable, Open-Source Platform for Language Learning

Rising Voices

Openwords is a open-source language-learning app with robust lesson and course development features with the aim to be a community of language learners and teachers.

Language Legends Help Create a Colorful Snapshot of Australia's Linguistic Diversity

Rising Voices

"Language work is the best thing I can do. Who wants to go out and do other things, when I can be saving our languages?"

29 January 2017

Melania Trump Returns Gloriously to Her Homeland, Now as a Meme

During the U.S. presidential campaign, Slovenians didn't show much interest in Mrs. Trump. That changed, however, after Donald Trump's surprising victory in the Electoral College

30 December 2016

There Were Many Bright Spots to Be Found Amid the Doom and Gloom of 2016

Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.

29 December 2016

The 2016 Russian Words of the Year, Explained

RuNet Echo

Like many words in Russian, the 2016 words of the year can be explained but not quite translated.

15 December 2016

Japan's ‘Kanji of the Year’ Choice Refers to the Olympics, Political Scandal and Trump

The kanji for "gold" was selected by the Japanese Kanji Proficiency Society based on the results of a nationwide poll. And now people are having fun with it.

9 December 2016

Digital Activists Meet Up Offline to Promote Bolivia’s Language Diversity Online

Rising Voices

Bolivia's 37 official languages makes the country cultural and linguistically diverse. However, that diversity is not always seen on the internet.

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