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· June, 2011

Stories about Language from June, 2011

Bermuda, Bahamas: Moving Poetry

Take some time out to read a beautiful poem by a Bermudian writer, at tongues of the ocean.

India: The Future of Wikipedia

Wikipedia celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, and almost 100 cities and towns in India registered to host celebrations, the highest number of any country. This year the Wikimedia Foundation...

East Timor: UN agencies directed to use Tetum language

To enhance its national identity, East Timor's Council of Ministers has directed all international agencies working in the country, including UN institutions, to use the Tetum language in their transactions...

Kenya: Should Use of Indigenous Language be Banned in Public Offices?

Moreen asks readers if the use of indigenous language should be banned in public offices in Kenya: “Work place diversity is a complex issue when you consider issues of the...

Trinidad & Tobago: Defending Our Dialect

“I doh know bout alyuh, but I love to talk Trinidadian Creole English all de time”: Karel Mc Intosh suggests that “an educational approach to Creole must start by raising...

Africa: First Swahili iPad/iPhone App Released

A Ghanaian company releases Swahili iPad/iPhone App: “The two-man Ghanaian language learning apps development team has just released Nkyea Basic Swahili, the first Swahili iPhone and iPad app from their...

Featured Translator: Fabienne Der Hagopian

Fabienne Der Hagopian is a volunteer translator for Global Voices in French. Being of Armenian descent, she has translated into French many posts about the Caucasus, but is also passionate...

China: the Mainland Rhetoric

Jacky Liu, a mainland Chinese student in Hong Kong, writes a reflective piece about mainland students’ rhetoric in making public speech in China Hush

Australia’s Swear-In: Fine is a Four-Letter Word

Melbourne has just had a swear-in outside Victoria’s State Parliament to protest against new laws for on-the-spot fines for swearing. Kevin Rennie collects bloggers' reactions to the issue.

Equatorial Guinea: A Language That Ignores Human Rights

In June the membership of Equatorial Guinea to the Countries of the Portuguese Speaking Community will be considered. Bloggers discuss the weakness of historic and linguistic arguments and the country's...

Indonesia: English speeches are illegal

nrg07 mentions an Indonesian law which requires top government officials to use the Bahasa Indonesia language when making speeches. Recently, a constitutional expert said that the Prime Minister's English speeches...

India: Six More Official Languages For West Bengal

Raja Basu at Potpourri comments on the revolutionary decision of Mamata Banerjee-led TMC-Congress government of West Bengal to add six more official languages: “There are some loopholes in the government’s...

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