Indigenous

New Site Chronicles Endangered and Under-Documented Languages

The Pangloss Collection, an open archive containing more than 3600 audio and video recordings in 170 languages from across all continents, is now being revamped with a new website. Examples from the archive include stories and...

Cherokee Nation Uses Covid Vaccine to Preserve Language

As the United States has begun distributing the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines against Covid-19, communities across the country have grappled with fairly and effectively administering the vaccine to vulnerable sectors of the population. For the...

Study Sheds Light on Passive Language Acquisition

According to a new study published in Scientific Reports, New Zealanders acquire a sort of passive understanding of Māori phonology and phonotactics, despite actively speaking little to none of the language. “Most New Zealanders...

Indonesia to Digitize Indigenous Scripts

UNESCO and the Indonesian Internet Domain Registry (PANDI) have announced plans to work on digitizing the Indigenous scripts of Indonesia through an initiative called “Connecting the Nation through Ancient Character Digitalisation.” Indonesia is home...

Card Game Aims to Revitalize Traditional Mongolian Script

The traditional Mongolian writing system—a vertical top-to-bottom, left-to-right alphabet—dates all the way back to the early days of the Mongol Empire. However, in the script’s homeland, official and day-to-day communications have been written in...
The short documentary "Durbin Feeling: Language Is Everything" honors the Cherokee linguist after whom the legislation is named.

New Bipartisan Native American Language Bill

On October 30, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Native American Languages Act (NALA) with the announcement of new bipartisan...

Let’s Talk COVID-19

Conversemos COVID-19 (Let’s Talk COVID-19) is an initiative produced by the Indigenous and Diasporic Language Consortium at the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies in collaboration with CUNY Mexican Studies Institute, Kichwa...

New Dictionary Preserves Rare Indigenous language Umpithamu of Cape York, Australia

Jean-Christophe Verstraete, a professor of linguistics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, worked closely with two sisters who were the last speakers of Umpithamu to create a new dictionary. The Dictionary was released as a...

Australia Hosts Twitter Takeover for Indigenous Languages

In celebration of the 13th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, ALNF partnered with Twitter Australia to celebrate; Indigenous languages and amplify Indigenous voices across the platform. In a...

Pandemic Highlights Importance of Indigenous Self-Determination: UN Rights Chief

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need to ensure the world’s indigenous people have control over their own communities, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has affirmed. Michelle Bachelet described the pandemic as...
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