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· March, 2007

Stories about Language from March, 2007

Turkey is Typing….the Weekly Favorites

So rather than stay with one particular topic or theme in this weekly, I thought that I would just give you the insights into my top Turkish blog posts of...

Tajikistan: Implications of -ov

Bonnie Boyd says that the Tajik president's decisions to drop Russian endings from surnames potentially has foreign policy implications for Tajikistan. She says that the decision does nothing for Tajikistan...

Colombia: Garcia Marquez Honoured

Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his “extraordinary literary career” were the toast of the fourth Congress of the Spanish Language held in Colombia. The Latin Americanist gives details.

Malaysia: Saving Native Languages

Jewelle is happy that her native language is being made an examination subject. The blogger feels that this would help save the language from extinction. “So I totally laud this...

Eastern & Central Europe: Slovio

Megan Case writes about Slovio, “the artificial simplified pan-Slavic language.”

Bahrain: Storms and D-cups

Bahrain was enveloped in a heavy dust storm on Thursday night, the beginning of the weekend, and TechZ wrote about getting caught in it: I couldn’t see anything ahead, other...

Algeria: Lingustics Talk

Algerian blogger Lameen Souag is just back from attending a linguistics conference in Cambridge, CamLing 2007, where he presented a talk on number borrowing in Berber. For those interested, the...

China: you are too CCTV!

Zhaihua picked up the recent catch phrase “you are too CCTV!” and explained that apart from China Central Television, it stands for closed-circuit television(zh).

Tajikistan: Chopping -ov

Vadim reports that Tajikistan's president wants to remove the Russian -ov from his last name, changing it to Rakhmon. Further, he wants a general return in Tajikistan to traditional national...

India, Pakistan: Google and Local

I, Me, Myself on how even as organisations cater to an international audience, they don't always get the local preferences right. “The text on the Google Pakistan page in Punjabi...

Latvia: Ukrainian and Russian Folk Music

Dykun posts a video and writes on a Ukrainian and Russian folk music performance in Riga, Latvia: “they performed together a show of russian and ukrainian wedding songs and rituals,...

China: translation tool

Eric Hu has a review on the google translation in Shanghaiist.

Slovakia: Language and Linguists

Deleted by Tomorrow reacts to the post about the Slovak language and Slovak linguists over at bulbulovo.

Global Voices en Français Celebrates Journée Mondiale de la Francophonie

Today is Francophonia Day. About 50 French-speaking countries and territories, some belonging to the Organisation Mondiale de la Francophonie and others not, will reflect on what it means to have...

Somalia: the Land of the Gods

A brief study of the Land of the Gods by Abubakar Ali: Unlike ancient Egypt where scholars were able to uncover and translate numerous writings and records, our knowledge of...

Kyrgyzstan: Latin Kyrgyz

The Azamat Report argues that Kyrgyzstan should reintroduce a Latin alphabet for the Kyrgyz language. It briefly used a Latin script while part of the Soviet Union.

Iraq: Lost in Translation

Issandr El Amrani, writing in The Arabist, links to a story about the recruitment of someone who barely spoke Arabic to work as a translator in Iraq. “Yet another story...

Algeria: Special Focus on Mauritania

Algerian blogger Lameen Souag has kind words for Mauritania. “On the rare occasions when it makes Western headlines, it's generally for slavery or famine, but this week it's distinguishing itself...

Bahrain: Bahraini Rants Last Coded Message

“Gadzooks!! What method of skullduggery is this? Bahraini rants flapdoodling about and disappearing on me again? I don’t trust him or his vocabularizing filler posts..” is Bahraini Rants last coded...

Romania: Autonomy

Csikszereda Musings writes about the region he lives in and his vision of “a more federal Romania.”

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