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Native American Linguist Wins $625,000 ‘Genius Grant’

MacArthur Foundation has announced the 2016 MacArthur Fellows, commonly known as the “genius grants,” and this year’s class includes Native American linguist Daryl Baldwin. Daryl and 22 other Fellows will receive a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant for...

Language Conflict in Malaysian Courts

Tan Sri Adenan Satem, the Chief Minister of Sarawak, one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, is stirring up controversy by giving the English language equal status to Bahasa Malaysia as...

$5 Million Boost for Languages at UK Universities

Next month, British universities will start receiving an additional £3.1 million ($4.8 million) to support a new program designed to encourage more young people of all backgrounds to study languages at university. The program builds...
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Canadian Conservatives Hold Bilingual Debate

The 14 official candidates of the Canadian Conservative party will have their dual-language skills tested live tonight (December 6)  at the first official bilingual debate in the election. The format will be similar to...

Kazakhstan Spells Out Script Swap

Kazakhstan's President Nazarbayev has announced a timeline to switch the country's writing system over from the Cyrillic to the Latin script with full implementation occurring by 2025. According to the state-owned "Egemen Kazakhstan" newspaper, Nazarbayev...

Losing Your Language in Prison

Listen to the story by pressing play below.  Your browser does not support the audio element.   With languages it’s often said that if you don’t use it you lose it. San Quentin Radio and NPR present...

Spanish Film Festival in Prague

From documentaries and horror films to coming-of-age dramas, La Película has something for everyone. The festival, organized by Cervantes Institute, the Spanish embassy in Prague, and Světozor cinema, takes place in Kino Světozor in...

Codeswitching Easier to Turn On

Research into the neurological activity required to switch between languages is providing new insights into the nature of bilingualism. “A remarkable feature of multilingual individuals is their ability to quickly and accurately switch back and...

Boom Predicted for Cloud-based Language Learning

According to a new report by Transparency Market Solutions the value of the cloud-based language learning market will grow from $146.3m in 2016 to...

Child Poverty Stymies Achievement in School

A new report published by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) analyzes data on well-being across its 34 member countries. The study, “How’s Life?” aims to capture a portrait of well-being that reflects...