Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Article about the Adivasi Academy in the Indian state of Gujarat which encourages Indian villagers to document and preserve their communities' culture and language. This includes the creation of dictionaries for some likely heretofore undocumented languages.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The Arapaho tribe on Wind River Reservation in Wyoming has opened an Arapaho-languag school.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
An article in the New York Times about Aramaic languages in Syria. Communities seem to be undergoing language shift, but the article does mention a two-year-old school created to maintain the language. The article plays up the religious aspect of the language (referring to it as "the language of Jesus" in the title), and discusses how its use has been linked to the changing religious demographics of the town in question, Malula. Another interesting aspect is the relation of tourism and outside interest, created largely by "The Passion of the Christ" movie, to the actual contemporary spoken language.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Lardil is not dead yet! There is one fluent speaker left who is in his 90s, but some linguists are trying to save the language from dying. In particular, Professor Norvin Richards is compiling Lardil stories in the form of text accompanied by CD recordings.
Mandarin courses in schools have become available in Indonesia (it used to be illegal, but is now encouraged). Scroll down and listen to the audio file for Angela Chang's report.