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Stories about Language

28 February 2019

Dijaawa Wotunnöi: an animated short film helps revitalise the Yekuana language

Rising Voices

Several Yekuanas -- an indigenous people who live in Venezuela and Brazil -- participated in the project as translators and researchers, and also contributed their voice to the film's characters.

25 February 2019

Global Voices becomes primary source for global translation competition in Czech Republic

"Global Voices. . . provides articles on interesting and fresh topics that come in several language versions, translated by native speakers, and using contemporary language and an accessible style."

18 February 2019

DigiGlot Newsletter: App links refugees with volunteer translators

Rising Voices

The DigiGlot Newsletter is a bi-weekly collaborative newsletter that reports on how indigenous, minority, and endangered language communities are adopting and adapting technology to change the internet landscape.

31 January 2019

DigiGlot Newsletter: Welsh-language rock music finds a place on streaming music platforms

Rising Voices

Rising Voices' DigiGlot Newsletter provides a summary of initiatives, discussions, and breakthroughs related to the intersection of languages and technology around the world..

16 January 2019

Introducing DigiGlot, a newsletter about languages and tech

Rising Voices

This is the first publication of DigiGlot,a biweekly collaborative newsletter examining how indigenous, minority, and endangered language communities are adopting and adapting technology for their own needs.

15 January 2019

A year-long rotating Twitter campaign will share the voices of 50 indigenous language digital activists

Rising Voices

Join Rising Voices as we celebrate linguistic diversity during the International Year of Indigenous Languages, with a Twitter campaign amplifying the experiences of indigenous language digital activists in Latin America

9 January 2019

Revitalizing the Inuktitut language on social media, one word at a time

Rising Voices

"Learning, speaking-in and thinking-in Inuktitut helps young Inuit feel more connected to our community and traditional values."

4 January 2019

How preserving folktales and legends help raise environment awareness in the Mekong

Rising Voices

"By means of stories, the communities search for ways to accommodate and/or resist changes that are taking place in the Mekong river basin."

14 December 2018

Removal of Filipino language and literature as required college subjects sparks opposition

"We believe that Filipino language and literature is vital in deepening the critical, creative, free, and liberating capacities of students and people."

10 December 2018

For the first time, a digital security app is available in Aymara thanks to Bolivian language activists

Rising Voices

"For us, language is our identity. If we lose our language, we lose our traditions, our culture, our stories, our ancestral knowledge -- we lose everything."

17 November 2018

Cultural activist from Guyana's Wapishana tribe tries to revive a near-extinct language

"If we weaken indigenous culture, we weaken an integral part of Guyanese culture."

11 November 2018

A conversation with Gyani Maiya Sen, one of the last speakers of a dying Nepali language

"...her commanding tone was the evidence of the aura she might have carried around when she was young -- powerful like a ‘queen of the jungle'."

3 October 2018

This wiki is helping to keep the Balinese language alive in Indonesia

Rising Voices

Basa Bali–which means "Balinese language" in Balinese–has an online dictionary, a library of Balinese culture, word games, translation materials and videos.

25 September 2018

A new indie film festival features the struggles and triumphs of indigenous Papua, Indonesia

Rising Voices

The film festival "highlights the issues of the indigenous people of Papua through documentary films as well as to build public awareness of the important issues impacting them.”

13 September 2018

‘Bien Chabacano’ blog preserves and promotes Asia's only Spanish-based creole language

Rising Voices

"Unless more aggressive preservation efforts will be implemented, the day will come when Chabacano will only be spoken inside the home."

10 September 2018

Jamaica finds new appreciation for beloved cultural icon and language activist, ‘Miss Lou’

"Underneath her wily comedic style, she forced the society to face unpleasant truths. But it is the unapologetic championing of the Jamaican language that so endeared her to many Jamaicans."

3 August 2018

No Shame: How an online initiative in Kazakhstan is helping youth protect their sexual health

The Bridge

UyatEmes.kz is out to tackle the stigma that surrounds sex education in the former Soviet republic.

26 June 2018

During the World Cup, Mexico gets in trouble when their fans’ chants are called ‘foul’

"In addition to being considered a homophobic scream, the “EEEEEH P…” could cause serious problems for the Mexican National Team" according to FIFA rules.

5 May 2018

‘Peppa Pig’ has gotten too naughty for China's censors

Advox

A subculture connecting the cartoon character “Peppa Pig” with “Shehuiren”, a term that refers to organized crime syndicates, has resulted in a muddy puddle for the popular porker.

31 March 2018

How English-Language Pronouns Are Taught Around the World

Globally, close to 1 billion people are learning English as a Foreign Language and all of them encounter binary gender pronouns from the earliest lessons.