Help Native Languages by Interning as a Linguist over the Summer for SAIVUS and/or VizLingo

mathias | May 10, 2011

The Society to Advance Indigenous Vernaculars of the United States (SAIVUS) is associated with VizLingo, a social-media company above Tumblr., which is creating the world’s first global visual language. Essentially, the program they’re inventing garnishes text with video clips, allowing word definitions (and entire worldviews) to be seen in conjunction with how they are written [...]

Indigenous Tweets

mathias | March 31, 2011

One of the best way to practice your Native language fluency and keep up with contemporary vocabulary is by deciphering Indigenous Tweets. Many Native languages are featured including Hawaiian, Cherokee, Mikmaq and Inuktitut! Comic from Grimmy by Mike Peters 03/25/2011. For more information, refer to Living Languages.

Cherokee Google Interface

mathias | March 28, 2011

Cherokee made big news as Google launched an interface entirely in the Cherokee syllabary, which is one of several non-English language interfaces including Hawaiian. Since Cherokee people google a lot just like anyone else, it’s easy to wean themselves off classic google phrases and on to Cherokee equivalents, plus it offers a syllabary keyboard in [...]

Language Teaching Gets Very Unique in 2011

mathias | March 17, 2011

Language teachers all over the globe are starting to get more creative with their curricula. One noteworthy example of this is the book Mangajin’s Basic Japanese Through Comics, which has students translating speech bubbles in order to get their beloved manga fix. While underrepresented, there has likewise been a surge of creativity in Native language [...]

Race for Native Language Technology

mathias | February 25, 2011

Around UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day (February 21, 2011), K. David Harrison, Director of Research of the Living Tongues Institute, which recently teamed up with National Geographic’s Enduring Voices project, recently pointed to the role of technology in helping endangered languages flourish in the digital age – like chatrooms for Cherokee, web browser for Inuktitut [...]

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