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Maine Preserves French Heritage Via Newspapers

The Maine State library is seeking French-language newspapers in an effort to digitally preserve the culture of the state’s Franco-American community. The project was inspired by the work of Franco-American culture programs at the University...

Canada Settles Cultural and Linguistic ‘Genocide’ Suit

Canada has agreed to pay out C$2.8bn ($2.09bn) to settle a decade-long lawsuit seeking reparations for the loss of language and indigenous culture caused by the residential school system. The class-action lawsuit first presented by...

Campaign Seeks to Silence Indigenous Voice in Australian Parliament

An Australian group has launched a campaign against a scheduled referendum to allow Indigenous Australians a voice in parliament, claiming it would not fully resolve issues that affect them. The landmark referendum due to...

Sanskrit Code Cracked by PhD Student

A 2500 year old grammatical problem has finally been solved by PhD student Rishi Rajpopat at the University of Cambridge. A grammatical rule by “the father of linguistics” Pāṇini has puzzled experts for centuries,...

AI Can Strengthen Student Writing, Not Weaken It

ChatGPT, a revolutionary chatbot technology, is sparking controversy, debate, and even citywide bans. New York City’s education department recently prohibited the chatbot’s use in schools, citing “negative impacts on student learning and concerns regarding...

Swedish AI Models Preserve 500 Years of History

The National Library of Sweden is harnessing AI technology developed by NVIDIA to preserve almost half a millennium of literature in digital form. The library, renowned for archiving ancient and modern Swedish literature, is now...

Cuéntame: Meg Medina named Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Award-winning Cuban-American author Meg Medina has today been announced as the Library of Congress’ National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.  Notable for her Merci Suárez series, Medina has accepted the two-year position which involves traveling...

Genes and Languages Don’t Always Sync

An interdisciplinary team from the University of Zurich and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany) has been investigating if language and genes evolved in tandem over the last few thousand...

Bilingual Brains More Agile

Bilingual speakers have more “plastic” brains than do people who speak only one language, according to two recent studies conducted by researchers at Israel’s University of Haifa.Audio-neuro researcher Hanin Karawani Khoury and her PhD...

CAN$39 Million to Support Indigenous Languages in the North

CAN$39.4 million is being invested to support the efforts of communities, organizations, and governments in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut to reclaim, revitalize, maintain, and strengthen their languages.  The announcement was made on behalf of...
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