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How are you doing, dear readers? We certainly hope our August issue finds you in a good (enough) place!
Here’s some good news for those who are in need of additional funding to support their documentation efforts in endangered languages: The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme is now taking applications for their 2023 grant round! There are four types of grants available and it’s open to applicants from around the world. Be sure to visit their website to learn more, to apply, or to reach out for questions.
Application due: October 15, 2022 at 5pm (CEST)
MORE FROM THE RISING VOICES BLOG
Embarking on the IDIL2022–2032 journey with language activists from around the world, Rising Voices and partners are bringing to you another round of our rotating Twitter campaigns. Curious about indigenous, minority, endangered, or under-resourced languages, plus how the internet and technology play a role in their promotion and revitalization? Come follow us and hear what our guest hosts have to share!
@ActLenguas (Latin America)
- Américo Mendoza Mori [es] on Quechua, spoken in the Andes and by its diaspora
- José Alfredo Hau Caamal [es] on the revitalization of the Mayan language
- Yulma Guadalupe Rodríguez Alvaro [es] on the promotion of the Ch'ol language in Chiapas, Mexico
- Manuel López Rocha [es], who is specialized in digital typography design and its application to native languages
- Prasanta Hembram on Santali, native to India, Bangladesh, and Nepal
- Bikram Rana on the Rana Tharu language of Nepal
- Subhashish Panigrahi on Odia, an official language of Odisha, India
- Cynthia Amoaba on how digital solutions can be used in the promotion of regional languages in Ghana and beyond
- Blossom Ozurumba on Igbo, native to Nigeria
- Robert J. Obiri on Fante, native to Ghana
- Franca Umasoye Igwe on Ekpeye, native to Nigeria
- Emre Pshigusa on the Circassian-Kabardian language and its preservation
Earlier in the year, we highlighted for you the lack of local perspectives concerning the impact of climate change in Bolivia’s Gran Chaco region. In this issue, we’d love to bring your attention to how connectivity and access to technology have enabled local stakeholders to tackle the emerging challenges in a timely manner, together. → “Digital connectivity projects reduce climate change impacts in Gran Chaco, South America”
CALLS FOR PARTICIPATION
For journalists under 30, based in the developing world and/or emerging economies: There are only a couple of days left to submit an entry to be considered for the Thomson Foundation’s Young Journalist Award of 2022! Submission due: August 12, 2022 Note: Past work in the form of print, audio, video or multimedia can all be part of your participating portfolio.
MORE TO READ, WATCH and LISTEN TO
- Lifting the curse of digital isolation: How one rural community in South Africa is creating opportunities for its youth via Internet Society
- Using technology for multilingual learning – the Yiaku develop an app as presented by Cultural Survival via SoundCloud
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