· November, 2007

Stories about Language from November, 2007

Jamaica: Terms of Endearment

  15 November 2007

“Coming back to work in the Caribbean has meant getting used to using words of endearment that professionals in developed countries have long eschewed”: Jamaican Francis Wade tries to strike a balance.

Hong Kong: Putonghua is a Chinese Language

  14 November 2007

Diumanpark pointed out that Putonghua is just one of the Chinese Languages. He criticized the Hong Kong government language policy for equalizing Putonghua as “The” Chinese languages and killing all the Chinese language diversity (zh).

South Africa: Wikipedia Academies

  9 November 2007

Heather blogs about Wikipedia Academies, which will take place this week in Johannersburg: “Jimmy is in the country to launch the African Wikipedia Academies – a series of Wikipedia sprints, workshops and boot camps to encourage the local celebration of Wikipedia as an amazing tool for education, culture and enterprise...

Slovenia, Hungary: Travel Notes

  8 November 2007

Csíkszereda Musings writes more on his travel in Slovenia and Hungary: “Bodonci is in a national park which uniquely (the literature implied) spans the borders of three countries – Slovenia, Austria and Hungary. […] I am not 100% sure if you can describe a national park that is simultaneously in...

China:Korean professor under catcalls

  6 November 2007

A Korean professor's theory was put under critiques soon after it was reported in China. His suggestion that Chinese mythology mainly originated from Korea piqued many Chinese netizens and received despising reactions. It is the latest incident of a series of controversies between China and Korea on culture issues.

China: 1989 and Peking University's Notice Board

  6 November 2007

Chris O'Brien from Beijing Newspeak looked into Xinhua report on the removal of Peking University's notice board to see how censorship is at work as the notice board has strong political meaning in 1989 student movement.

Serbia: A Trip to Kosovo

  5 November 2007

Novala, Europa writes about his trip to Kosovo: speaking “the language of the opponent” – Serbian – with an Albanian family; a drawn-up map of Pristina; photos from a farmers market; school uniform street fashion.

Kazakhstan: Blogosphere Debates the Language Issue

  5 November 2007

A month ago Nurgeldy told at neweurasia how they are fighting poor knowledge of the state language in the Kazakhstan's northern city of Kustanai. His post gave rise to quite a heated dispute both in Russian and English versions of the blog, covering such issues as why urban population speaks...

China: Illegal Content Check

  2 November 2007

There is a website for checking illegal content of your website (Chinese only). Hegelchong has a checkup and finds a list of illegal words such as CCP, repression, independent, strike, protest, demonstration, sex, etc. (zh) The check-up website is a mockery of the Great Fire Wall.

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