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· May, 2011

Stories about Language from May, 2011

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China: Writing Imaginary Book Reviews

  22 May 2011

In 2010, a collection of reviews for non-existent books, written by Chinese author Bimuyu, was published. This month Bimuyu shared with readers his thinking behind these reviews.

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Georgia: Beyoncé's Girls Rule an Apocalyptic… Caucasus?

The premiere of American singer Beyoncé's "Run The World (Girls)" video on May 18 evoked much debate among bloggers and social media users in Georgia for a less than expected reason. Not that it was the first single from her highly anticipated new album, or even because of its empowering message, but rather a simple road sign that appeared 1 minute and 50 seconds into the video.

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Mozambique: Portuguese, the Language of Mozambicanness

  19 May 2011

In Mozambique, while national languages have been introduced into the education system, the decision to ratify the new accord on the Portuguese language is being debated. Global Voices brings together a series of reflections on the role of the language in the construction of a national identity.

Bolivia: Keeping Aymara Alive Through TV?

  10 May 2011

M. Luk’aña Champi [es] wonders why Bolivia doesn't have a TV channel in Aymara or Quechua, considering that the country is now ruled by an ‘indigenous government': “Modern media like radio and television are ways to keep a language alive and in full use. When a language is not used...

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