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Welsh Wikipedia Gives Me Hope

If you say, “Alexa, faint o’r gloch yw hi?” the smart speaker will not understand that you are asking for the time of day. That’s because Welsh is not one of the eight languages currently supported by Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices. Gareth Morlais, a Welsh language and digital media specialist for the Welsh government, has argued [...]

By |2019-08-29T15:09:39+00:00August 29th, 2019|Welsh language, Wikipedia|0 Comments

Speaking in Tongues: From Elvish to Dothraki, the rise of invented languages

In the language spoken by the Dothraki on the violent and popular HBO show Game of Thrones, the word for cat is keli. Reasonable, you might think. The show is based on the books written by George R.R. Martin, surely he can come up with whatever words he likes for the animals living in a [...]

By |2019-08-25T18:06:35+00:00August 25th, 2019|Conlang, Constructed languages, Language|0 Comments

Indigenous Women Are Publishing the First Maya Works in Over 400 Years

I’D STUMBLED UPON TALLER LEÑATEROS—the “Woodlanders Workshop”—completely by chance. I was walking aimlessly through the pastel-hued streets of San Cristobal de las Casas, trying to get a feel for what my guidebook had described as southern Mexico’s “most beautiful colonial city.” One particular street was quiet, dusty, and less colorful than the rest. But there [...]

By |2019-08-21T16:18:18+00:00August 21st, 2019|Indigenous languages, Mayan script, Mexico|0 Comments

Why are so many languages spoken in some places and so few in others?

People across the world describe their thoughts and emotions, share experiences and spread ideas through the use of thousands of distinct languages. These languages form a fundamental part of our humanity. They determine whom we communicate with and how we express ourselves. Despite continually mapping the distribution of languages across the world, scientists have few [...]

By |2019-08-18T14:49:29+00:00August 18th, 2019|Language, Linguistics|0 Comments

In 21st century, threats ‘from all sides’ for Latin America’s original languages

At school in Tecate in the 1950s, a city sitting on Mexico’s border with the United States, Josefina Meza was welcomed by a chorus of children’s chants in a language she did not understand. “Pinches indios, pinches indios,” her peers called out. At first, Meza thought they wanted to be her friends. But her brother [...]

By |2019-07-29T13:01:06+00:00July 29th, 2019|Indigenous languages, Latin America|0 Comments

Meet The Startup Revolutionizing The Language Of Biology

London-based software platform Synthace is on a mission not just to digitize the lab, but to revolutionize the way biology is done with one simple idea: a universal language. Consider the automotive industry and its suite of tools that take an initial idea through to simulation, build and testing. After Autodesk was formed in 1982, [...]

By |2019-07-29T12:57:17+00:00July 18th, 2019|Biology, Language|0 Comments

The US island that speaks Elizabethan English

I'd never been called a dingbatter until I went to Ocracoke for the first time. I've spent a good part of my life in North Carolina, but I'm still learning how to speak the ‘Hoi Toider’ brogue. The people here just have their own way of speaking: it's like someone took Elizabethan English, sprinkled in [...]

By |2019-07-06T15:51:18+00:00July 6th, 2019|English language, Ocracoke|0 Comments

Machine learning has been used to automatically translate long-lost languages

In 1886, the British archaeologist Arthur Evans came across an ancient stone bearing a curious set of inscriptions in an unknown language. The stone came from the Mediterranean island of Crete, and Evans immediately traveled there to hunt for more evidence. He quickly found numerous stones and tablets bearing similar scripts and dated them from [...]

By |2019-07-01T15:18:53+00:00July 1st, 2019|Language, Machine learning, Translation|0 Comments

The surprising story of the Basque language

A few steps from the entrance to the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, one of San Sebastian’s most visible landmarks with its sky-piercing gothic spire, lies a simple, two-faced earthen slab. In this corner of Spain’s Basque Country, it seems out of place: carved on one side with an Apostolic cross and on the other [...]

By |2019-06-04T13:52:31+00:00June 4th, 2019|Armenian language, Basque language|0 Comments

Iceland is inventing a new vocabulary for a high-tech future

Every morning, Iceland’s language planners begin their day by taking off their shoes at the communal shoe rack in their office and slipping into pairs of soft clogs. As tourists begin to fill the alleyways of downtown Reykjavik with a faint babble of English, French, Chinese, and Italian, the language planners shuffle quietly back into [...]

By |2019-06-02T14:42:19+00:00June 2nd, 2019|Iceland, Language|0 Comments