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The Language and mind: In which language do you think?

The Language and mind! The scientist “August Kekulé” was stuck in a big problem. The man spent a long time trying to imagine the chemical structure of gasoline, but he could not reach anything. Imagining the shape of petrol rings lined up seemed an incomprehensible issue. While he fell asleep, a dream drew his famous [...]

By |2020-01-28T23:40:38+00:00January 28th, 2020|Language, The mind|0 Comments

Language Rights Are Human Rights: A Hope for a Future of Linguistic Diversity

Welcome to our language Taste The Sauce —Reesom Haile, Eritrean poet (translation by Charles Cantalupo) The interview was ending. I was anxious to get on with my day. But the interviewer had one last question for me: “So what is your hope for the future?” As I pondered the question, it occurred to me that [...]

By |2020-01-24T17:31:49+00:00January 24th, 2020|Endangered Languages, Language Rights|0 Comments

Reviving aboriginal language through literature and tech

A group of academics and indigenous language advocates are using technology and books to try to revive an endangered aboriginal language. Dr Hilary Smith is a linguist and author who has just launched a series of children's books written in the aboriginal Gamilaraay language. She's been working for the last four years in Gunnedah, north-east [...]

By |2020-01-18T17:43:25+00:00January 18th, 2020|Australia, Endangered language, Gamilaraay language|0 Comments

The Realest Language

There are a lot of different kinds of books about language. Dictionaries record and define a word’s meanings; thesauri lay out its synonyms; and books on modern usage tell you how to string the word together with others to form sentences. There’s something culturally remarkable about language reference books: From etymology to slang to avoidable [...]

Emotions Get Lost In Translation, A New Study Finds

Researchers find that different languages express emotions differently although they may be translated to the same word, implying the need for greater emphasis on communication in cultivating collaboration across global teams. Today more than ever we are living in a world where the distance between time and space has been made shortened due to the [...]

By |2020-01-04T15:17:04+00:00January 4th, 2020|Language, Translation|1 Comment

Researchers map ancient language in West Australian outback

Amid widespread concern about the disappearance of Indigenous languages, the former Catholic mission of Balgo is located in a linguistic melting pot that is thriving after tens of thousands of years. Now, scientists want to map the local "lingua franca" called Kukatja, which is spoken more fluently than English by residents of all ages and [...]

By |2019-12-29T13:09:55+00:00December 29th, 2019|Aboriginal languages, Australia|0 Comments

How to Resurrect Dying Languages

In the 1970s, the Hawaiian language seemed poised for extinction. Only about 2,000 native speakers remained, and most were over age 60. Then a dedicated group of advocates launched immersion schools, a Hawaiian radio program, and an island-wide movement to resuscitate the melodious language. Today more than 18,600 people speak Hawaiian as fluently as they [...]

By |2019-12-20T14:09:09+00:00December 20th, 2019|Language revitalization|0 Comments

Can You Lose Your Native Language?

I’m sitting in my kitchen in London, trying to figure out a text message from my brother. He lives in our home country of Germany. We speak German to each other, a language that’s rich in quirky words, but I’ve never heard this one before: fremdschämen. ‘Stranger-ashamed’? I’m too proud to ask him what it [...]

By |2019-12-16T14:40:15+00:00December 16th, 2019|Language|0 Comments

‘A way to keep our language alive’: How the Atikamekw Nation uses Wikipedia to promote its language

What started out as a high school computer science project has grown into the only active Wikipedia in Canada operating in an Indigenous language. Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin includes over 1,000 articles, sound clips and photos representing life, history and culture of the three Atikamekw communities in Quebec. "They cover common words, the cities of Quebec, [...]

By |2019-12-11T15:07:51+00:00December 11th, 2019|Atikamekw, Canada, Indigenous languages|0 Comments

The use of poetry in preserving endangered languages

Language is a powerful cultural and political tool which provides a major cultural unity in many countries. Poetry conceptualises and unites cultures and thoughts, manipulates ordinary language and in its effortless simplicity and diversity, touches minds and souls. A recent podcast by The Guardian explores the measures taken to preserve endangered languages globally through poetry, [...]

By |2019-12-01T20:20:49+00:00December 1st, 2019|Endangered Languages, Poetry|0 Comments