Latest posts by Kevin Scannell
Last Friday was International Mother Language Day, a celebration of linguistic and diversity. This year Rising Voices and Indigenous Tweets encouraged people to tweet in their native language using the hashtag #imld14. Here is a sampling of contributions.
Kevin Scannell of the project Indigenous Tweets has been mapping global Twitter conversations taking place in Celtic languages (Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Manx Gaelic, Cornish, and Breton). In this post, he shows you how to map using geo-location data.
Facebook has stated that it wants to be "available in every language across the world." However, it is no longer accepting new languages as part of its translation project. Continuing the work of late language activist Neskie Manuel, Indigenous Tweets has developed an overlay script allowing for the use of Facebook in many more indigenous or endangered languages.
The Indigenous Tweets project recently interviewed Jean Came Poulard, an active Haitian Twitterer and software developer working with Logipam, helping to develop and promote open source software and resources for Haitian Creole on the web.
The Indigenous Tweets project recently interviewed Edmond Kachale, a software developer based in Malawi, who has been active in promoting the use of the Southern African language Chichewa through digital tools. Edmond is also an active Twitterer and provides updates using this Bantu language.