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1 February 2016

An Interactive Digital Archive Helps Preserve Traditional Australian Aboriginal Literature

Rising Voices

The archive features versions of old-time children’s stories, pre- and post-contact histories, books about the environment and hunting, ghost stories, creation stories, and cautionary tales from Australia's Northern Territory.

28 January 2016

Rising Voices Welcomes Five New Indigenous Language Digital Activism Grantees

Rising Voices

Rising Voices congratulates the five winners from Argentina, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua that will receive microgrants and mentoring for their indigenous language digital activism projects.

15 January 2016

Angkety Map Highlights Digital Resources for Australia's Indigenous Language Revitalization

Rising Voices

Angkety map is a new report highlighting digital resources available to Australia's indigenous communities interested in using technology for language preservation and revitalization.

14 January 2016

2015, a Year of Learning for Our Volunteer Translator Community

The Global Voices in Spanish volunteer translator community published 2,384 translations in 2015. In this article, some members of the community share what translating means to them.

30 December 2015

In Spanish, Inclusive Language Can Be at Odds With Grammar Rules

"Being contained and invisible within masculine nouns forces women to ask themselves the same question thousands of times throughout their lives: 'Are they speaking about me?'"

32 Stories That Capture the Happiness, Heartache and Resilience of 2015

Global Voices’ community-driven newsroom worked hard this year to build understanding across borders. Take a look back at some of the people and places we learned about in 2015.

11 December 2015

Bangladesh's Censor Board Blocks the Country's First Chakma-Language Film

There are a number of indigenous groups with unique cultures in Bangladesh. However, their lives and languages are rarely highlighted in Bangladeshi films or national broadcasts.

8 December 2015

Jaqaru Speakers in Peru Aim to Save Their Endangered Language

Speakers of the endangered language Jaqaru in Peru may be few, but there's nothing small about their efforts to preserve the community's tongue.

2 December 2015

GV Face: How Do You Feel About The Term “Terrorism”?

GV Face

Names and labels are something we take very seriously at Global Voices.

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.

29 August 2015

Google's Optical Character Recognition Software Now Works with All South Asian Languages

Rising Voices

Google's OCR software supports more than 248 world languages, including all the major South Asian languages, bringing together hope for the large-scale digitization of old texts.

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.

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