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· November, 2007

Stories about Language from November, 2007

Lithuania: Russian Diaspora

Lituanica writes about the Russian diaspora in Lithuania.

China: New Idiom

Doublleaf suggests a new idiom “Zheng Long Pai Hu” (zh). Its literal meaning is Zheng Long taking the tiger photo and its extended meaning is someone doing forgery for interest...

Albania: Death Rites

Living in Shkoder writes about Albanian death rites.

The Balkans: A Dialect of Serbo-Croatian

Balkan Anarchist writes at length about an East Herzegovinian dialect of the Serbo-Croat language: “Although the Serbo-Croatian language is not particularly under threat – well, the language isn't, but the...

China: New York Charging Bull hits public

Critiques on Chinese tourists’ vulgar behaviors and ignorance of public rules on foreign land have been all-too-familiar. But this time, the Charging Bull sculpture in Wall-street aroused netizens’ different voices.

Lebanon: Introducing

Lebanese blogger m. introduces us to a new site, developed by Lebanese programmers. Yamli enables you to search the Arabic website, using English fonts.

Iraq: Honour and Pride

Iraqi blogger Konfused Kid discusses the concepts of honour and pride in a translation of an Iraqi song.

Fiji: Hindi and Fijian for Children

Babasiga likes the idea of schoolchildren learning Fijian and Hindi, the languages of the two ethnic groups in Fiji but wants kids to learn local dialects too.

Japan: Buzzwords 2007

Edo from Pink Tentacle blogs 60 buzzwords which has been nominated as Japanese buzzword of the year (2007) by local publishers. Among the 60 nominees, a panel of judges will...

China: Loong not Dragon

Lanzhou city urged to standardize the translation of Chinese dragon into “Loong” as the two words convey very different imagine. Zishuo suggests to translate the word into “Yoooooog” as the...

China: Mars Language

Lu ren is so frustrated about the sensitive words censorship that he starts to explore the application of Mars language (zh): a combination of Chinese words and Pinyin. For example,...

Japan: Japanese loanwords and their meanings

John at J-Life writes about Japanese loandwords, noting that many such words narrow their meaning when they are imported into Japanese.

Mozambique: Speaking the language of Tonga

Moçambique para todos [pt] announces the launch of the a Portuguese-Tongan/Tongan-Portuguese dictionary in Maputo this Thursday. Gitonga is the language spoken by Tonga people.

Serbia, Macedonia: Travel Photos

Novala, Europa has a lot of new photos from Kosovo and Macedonia – here, here, here, and here.

Russia, Mexico: Yuri Knorozov

De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about life and work of Yuri Knorozov, a scientist renowned, among many other things, for his role in the deciphering of the Maya script.

Egypt: Yamli Search

Yamli Search is very intriguing new search engine that transliterates Arabic written in the Latin alphabet into Arabic proper, and then runs that query through Google, says The Arabist.

Algeria: Studying Korandje

Algerian blogger and linguist Lameen Souag is doing fieldwork in Tabelbala, where he is speaking “Korandje” – a clearly endangered language.

Estonia: The Language

Itching for Eestimaa writes about regional peculiarities of the Estonian language.

Hungary: Open Letter to Slovakia

Pestcentric writes an open letter to Slovakia: “Last year you even had garage bands calling for the destruction of Hungary. This is just not good. It seems that being in...

Russia: “Rashn for Dummies”

Moscow Doesn't Believe in Tears translates “a double plus good lexicon of newspeak in Moscow’s dangerously jaded fashion community,” originally published in the Bolshoi Gorod.

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