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Cankdeska Cikana Community College Gets 300k Grant from Shakopee Mdewakanton

mathias | April 29, 2011

Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop) is a rural, small (288 students + 8 matriculating high school students) college owned by the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe. It began holding classes in the fall of 1970, but is currently enhancing its library on Dakota culture and language by upgrading its technology, shelving, publications and other media upon receiving [...]

More Loss of Linguistic Diversity in the Americas than the Pacific, Australia, and Africa

mathias | March 4, 2011

Linguists claim 50-90% of the world’s languages will die by 2100, but are they being overly grim to attract more aid? According to National Geographic, a recent Index of Linguistic Diversity (ILD) by Terralingua founders David Harmon, and Jonathan Loh, calculated that the world has in fact experienced a 21% reduction in indigenous languages over [...]

Myaamia Project

mathias | February 9, 2011

Native tribes in Illinois, and parts of Indiana, Missouri and Ohio spoke the Miami-Illinois language (Algonquian) until the mid 20th century. Descendents of these speakers belong to the Miami and Peoria tribes, which ended up in Oklahoma. However, the language isn’t considered extinct, rather, “sleeping”, since Daryl Baldwin taught himself the language from print materials [...]

Global Recordings Network

mathias | January 6, 2011

When you talk or read about minority languages the question pops up: “what does it sound like”? Finding sound files for them can be a challenge; we’re taught there are 6,000-7,000 thousand world languages and 10,000 vernaculars, not including dead and undocumented languages. However, you can always depend on the Global Recordings Network, which aims [...]

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