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· August, 2008

Stories about Language from August, 2008

Blogger of the Week: Siniša Boljanović

Siniša Boljanović had never blogged when he volunteered to report on Serbian blogs for Global Voices in 2007. He read an article about Global Voices in a Serbian online magazine...

Russia: How to Spell ‘Blogger’ in Russian

There are two ways to spell the word ‘blogger’ in Russian – with two g's or with just one. The former seems to prevail among Russian bloggers, according to LJ...

Iraq: Fascination for Language

“I am no linguist, but as far as I can remember I have always held a strange fascination for Language,” notes Iraqi blogger Layla Anwar.

China: Chinese Lies

C. W. Hayford from Chinese History group blog goes into various literature sources for discussing the “Chinese character” in relation to “face” and “lie”. It gives some background about the...

China: Translating New York Times Olympic Report

Black and White Cat shows how the Xinhua has translated the New York Times Olympic Report into Chinese.

Georgia, Russia: Interethnic Relationships

Tbilisi-based LJ user shupaka and Russian war journalist Vadim Rechkalov (LJ user voinodel) share stories about interethnic relationships in Georgia and North Ossetia, Russia, in the time of conflict between...

Georgia: Russian-Georgian News Item Translations

Exercises in Translation has started translating news items in Russian and Georgian on the conflict between Moscow and Tbilisi over Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In the two most recent posts,...

Laos in the Olympics

The 2008 Beijing Olympics informed many people around the world that Laos is pronounced as Lao (silent ‘s’), as noted by I Eat Padek.

China: Cheering for the race traitors

Those thin-skinned cyber-mobsters must have heatstroke; Chinese coach leads US women's volleyball team to victory against China and gets dissed by a chess grandmaster, then: The majority of the netizens...

Saudi Arabia: It's all in the name

It is common practice for converts to Islam to adopt Muslim names. But is it necessary - and what kind of name is appropriate? One Saudi blogger ponders the question,...

Kyrgyzstan: Uzbek language TV channels are at a risk of closure in Kyrgyzstan

Tolkun writes about the new language regulations for broadcast mass media in Kyrgyzstan and its possible effects on Uzbek language media of the country.

Guyana: Poems of a Fat Black Woman

Signifyin’ Guyana posts excerpts from Guyanese poet Grace Nichols’ “sexy little collection”, which “tell of a fat black woman's trials and tribulations, as well as her moments of triumph in...

Georgia: A linguistic approach to the country's claimed ‘territorial integrity’

ClubOrlov presents an interesting approach — ‘colored by linguistics’ — and insightful takes on the western claims over Georgia's ‘territorial integrity’.

Morocco: I speak Darija!

Words for Change discusses the difference between standard Arabic and Moroccan darija, and stands up for her dialect.

Nigeria: Contribute to Hausa projects

useibert calls on Hausa speakers to contribute to Hausa projects on the Internet.

Uganda: Firefox in Luganda

ITNewsAfrica reports that Firefox browser has been translated into Luganda, a major language in Uganda.

Jordan: Arabic Harry Potter Banned in Israel

The Arabic version of the Harry Potter series is banned in Israel, reports The Black Iris, from Jordan. According to news sources, the ban is based on a decree from...

Kuwait: Release Hussein Al Fudalah Now

On July 7, Kuwaiti Hussein Al Fudalah left his home to go fishing and was never seen again. A few days later his family got the news that he was...

Tajikistan: Saving Shughni Language

Ian tells how a group of scholars at the University of Kentucky is working on a grammar of Shughni language, spoken in the Badakhshan region of Tajikistan.

iSummit2008: The Japanese-English divide

The 2008 iSummit in Sapporo, Japan ended last week after three days of keynotes and lab sessions on open content and open culture. Blogger Shinya Ichinohe (shinyai), who attended the...

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