Language Revitalization

Moana Reo Maori

This article discusses the immense popularity of the Maori dub of Moana, showed at 30 free theaters across New Zealand. Maori has historically been a highly stigmatized language in New Zealand, and many speakers of the boomer generation were discouraged from speaking Maori when they were younger. Much like Hungarian in the Gal (1978) paper dealing with a Hungarian/German bilingual community, Maori is in danger of extinction as younger speakers use it less and less to attain prestige through English. However, this film is part of an effort to give Maori covert and explicit prestige among younger speakers through its association with a cool, hip film.

Posted by Isaac Gray on March 7, 2018

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Implementation of Hebrew as a Standard Language in pre-1948 Palestine

This article discusses the revernacularization of Hebrew into a standard language in Palestine, and then gives examples of how political and interest groups carried out this implementation at a local level through an examination of the 1930s and 1940s city documents of a small Jewish settlement, Raanana. [Published on 01-01-2008]

Can Facebook save endangered languages?

This article shows Facebook's attempts of saving endangered languages. Facebook is adding the option of many endangered languages, such as Corsican, to make the world more connected. Many endangered languages are not available digitally. With these efforts, users have the option of selecting their language as opposed to a more "mainstream" language. This allows endangered languages to cross the digital divide and allow it to be more available.

Posted by Kaman Dhanoa on January 15, 2018

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Hillary Clinton Is ‘Not My Abuela,’ Critics Say

Hillary Clinton claims that she is like ‘our abuelas,’ which was noted as one of the most visible cases of political use of Mock Spanish. Hilary hoped to establish some connection with this block of voters and help boost her campaign by using that phrase. But she does not know “Abuela’ is a term that means ‘grandmother’ in Mexican, and She expected it to portray her not just as a caring and matriarchal figure, but also as one who understands the problems of American Mexicans so well that she knows the terms they use to describe them.

Posted by Yijun Zhao on January 4, 2018

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Language Revitalization

Is Mocking Spanish Good or Not?

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President Trump mocked Spanish accent when he visited flooded Puerto Rico, the panel debated the accent was insulting or not. The mocking accent could be normal in the private but flooded Puerto Rico need more warm, not just a mocking accent. At the same time, the mocking accent may and had arose heated debate which is not that good for the president to work in this country.

Posted by Song Du on January 2, 2018

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Mandana Seyfeddinipur's TED Talk on Endangered Languages

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This is a TED Talk video of Mandana Seyfeddinipur, a linguist and the director of the Endangered Lanuages Documentation Programme at SOAS University of London, sharing her perspective on endangered languages. Seyfeddinipur shares how globalization, climate change, urbanization and political unrest are causing the extinction of languages at a rate equivalent to the loss of biological diversity during the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. She also emphasizes how such change can negatively impacts cultural diversity and decreases social resilience.

4 Reasons to Learn A New Language

There is a video which linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four reasons to learn a new language. Nowadays, increasingly people focus on learning English, the diversity of languages is slowly disappearing. The first reason is culture which language is always associated with it. Also, multilingual people less likely to have dementia than people who only use one language. Moreover, it is interesting for us to learn diverse language. The last but not least, we live such a convenient age which it is easier to learn any languages than before.

Posted by Jianan Chen on June 27, 2017

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Acquisition;
Language Revitalization;
Multilingualism

4 Reasons to Learn A New Language

There is a video which linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four reasons to learn a new language. Nowadays, increasingly people focus on learning English, the diversity of languages is slowly disappearing. The first reason is culture which language is always associated with it. Also, multilingual people less likely to have dementia than people who only use one language. Moreover, it is interesting for us to learn diverse language. The last but not least, we live such a convenient age which it is easier to learn any languages than before.

Posted by Jianan Chen on June 27, 2017

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Acquisition;
Language Revitalization;
Multilingualism

Paw Paw French

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This video is about a French dialect that is spoken in Old Mines, Missouri. It is said to be one of the oldest dialects of French that was formed in the United States called “Paw Paw French”. The dialect takes from Cajun, American Indian and the Canadian French Language that was made by early French settlers in the 1700’s. It is an endangered dialect that some of the residents of the town are trying to keep alive.

Posted by Stephanie Maxwell on March 10, 2017

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Language Revitalization

Plan Now to Avoid Post - Brexit Languages Crisis

There is a focus right now on the education system of the UK, with areas most at risk being language performance. If a crisis was to emerge in language performance from the UK split areas of official practice; such as trade, could be jeopardized. There are plans as of right now to push and ensure the emphasis on particularly language skills to ensure the enhancement post Brexit. This plan includes residency and a national plan to better primary education to even the post graduate level. With the quality of education slipping in the UK as it is, and a nation wide crisis within the linguistics field, the Brexit could only worsen the matter with children potentially receiving a lacking education. The goal of these reforms and education plan is to ensure a quality education to students at all levels, and hopefully encourage the emergence of language skill teachers and even linguistics majors. [Published on 10-16-2016]

Living Language: Menominee Language Revitalization

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This video shows Mimikwaeh being taught the language Menominee by her father. Without this effort the language could cease to exist.

Posted by Amanda Salamanca on March 10, 2016

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What is Language?

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This video gives an extensive definition of what is language and how it affects each of us individually.

Posted by Katherine Helms on March 8, 2016

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How to understand the differences between British and American English

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The video does a great job at comparing words and the differences in meanings they can portray whether being interpreted from someone from the U.S OR U.K. It shows the power of the interpretation of language and how it can cause an interaction to be positive or negative. It shows the importance of linguistic relativity and the social context individuals are a part of.

Cherokee Look for Ways to Save Their Dying Language

This article depicts the perception of Cherokee as a "dying language", and how the remaining speakers are trying to bring it back to life. [Published on 02-29-2016]