Stories about Languages from February, 2014
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.
Vehicular languages are more widely spoken than the official national languages in most countries. And despite the fact that they are also used for texting, they receive less support on mobile platforms than the official languages. Are we faced with a global systemic error? Or does the world believe that those languages do not have their place in the advanced technology sector?
Anna Luisa Daigneault shares ten things you should know about Endangered Languages, including some key insights on the possibilities of technology for language revitalization and preservation.
Please join us on February 21 to celebrate International Mother Language Day with a Twitter campaign to highlight and encourage more people to tweet in their mother language using the hashtag #imld14
There is a rich history of indigenous media in the oral form of radio, television, and audiovisual content. What about written media in indigenous languages? This special guest post from Yásnaya Aguilar presents some examples of written media and examines some of the challenges of finding a readership in indigenous languages in Mexico.
Rising Voices applauds the recognition received by Israel Quic and the Rija'tzuul Na'ooj Community Library in San Juan La Laguna in Guatemala by being featured as one of the Ten Facebook Stories about the work of revitalizing the T'zutujil language and culture through citizen media.