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3 July 2014

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How Technology Is Helping People Learn—and Even Save—the World's Languages

Forward thinkers are harnessing the unprecedented power of technology to bring languages back from the brink of extinction, and in rare cases, to resurrect an extinct language.

25 June 2014

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How a Local Newspaper in India Is Empowering Rural Women to Write About Their Communities

Khabar Lahariya is an award-winning rural weekly newspaper published in local languages and run by 40 women. We spoke with editorial coordinator Poorvi Bhargava to find out more.

19 June 2014

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Crowdsourcing Helps Bangladeshi Students Read With Their Fingertips

Banglabraille is a new project using Unicode and crowdsourcing techniques to create textbooks for tens of thousands of visually impaired students in Bangladesh.

9 May 2014

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Happy Mother's Day in the Mixe Language!

Mexican visual artist Silvana Ávila wants to wish mothers around the world a Happy Mother's Day with postcards in the Mixe language, an indigenous tongue spoken in the state of Oaxaca.

6 May 2014

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Social Media in Bilingual Environments: Online Practices of Frisian Teenagers

Researching the language use of Frisian teenagers between 14 and 18 on social media in Fryslân, the Netherlands, who often use Frisian, the country's second officially recognised language.

10 April 2014

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Odia Loves Wikipedia

Odia, a 2,500 year old language has recently gained the status of an Indian classical language, an event recently celebrated by Odia Wikipedians, using a new free and open-source font.

2 April 2014

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MySQAR: Myanmar's First Social Network

MySQUAR exists entirely in Burmese. Less than one year old, it is growing rapidly in a country where Internet access is about to expand as telecommunications services spread.

17 March 2014

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Perpetuating Culture, Restoring Language: Tlingit and the Sealaska Heritage Institute

“We don’t want what you did here to only echo in the air, how our grandfathers used to do things..." The Sealaska Heritage Institute works with native and endangered languages in the Pacific Northwest, developing a younger generation of speakers.

12 March 2014

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Wikitongues: Document Your Language

Wikitongues is a community effort to give all the world’s people access to all the world’s 7,000 languages by citizen-driven participatory video and blogging.

4 March 2014

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CLC 2014: Coding for Language Communities

"Can the Subaltern code?" CIDLeS Summer School 2014: Coding for Language Communities, a conference that aims to give everyone the ability to engage digital spaces in their mother tongues.