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Blog Archive for the ‘Language’ Category

Dr. Laura Welcher at Berkeley Language Center, November 9th

by Austin Brown on November 1st, 02011

The Berkeley Language Center will be hosting a talk by Long Now’s Dr. Laura Welcher on November 9th. The talk is open to the public and starts at 3:00pm in Dwinelle Hall B-4.
The Rosetta Project at The Long Now Foundation is working to build an open public digital collection of all. . .   Read More

Dr. Laura Welcher at the Internationalization and Unicode Conference – October 18th

by Austin Brown on October 11th, 02011

With thousands of languages and writing systems used all over the world, making computers and the web widely accessible has taken a herculean effort, with much yet to be done.

One of the main tools used in the expansion of the web’s global reach is Unicode – a database of over 193,000 characters from. . .   Read More

Record-a-thon! This Saturday 7/30

by Laura Welcher on July 25th, 02011

Join us for the Record-a-thon this Saturday July 30 at the Internet Archive and help document and promote the languages used in your own community! We need your help to meet our goal of recording 50 languages in a single day! How many languages can you help us document? Bring yourself and your. . .   Read More


by admin on June 21st, 02011


Help us record 50 languages in a single day!

Save the date! Saturday July 30, 02011 from 9 am to 6 pm
The Internet Archive
at 300 Funston Avenue, San Francisco

Did you know…

UNESCO considers the use of one’s native language to be a basic human right?
Half of the. . .   Read More

Telling Time in Amondawa

by Austin Brown on June 13th, 02011

Reposted from The Rosetta Project blog, written by Colin Farlow:

In a new study published in the journal Language and Cognition “When Time is Not Space,” a team of researchers from University of Portsmouth and Federal University of Rondonia claim that the Amondawa, a small Amazonian tribe, speak a language with a very uncommon conceptualization. . .   Read More

Big Talk: The Possibilities of Large Linguistic Databases

by Alex Mensing on May 10th, 02011

How does human language work? What are its possibilities and limitations? Where did it come from? Many linguists have asked these questions and made contributions to our understanding of language, but how do they get their answers?

One approach is to go out and document a language, which can then be compared to other languages. . .   Read More

Dr. Laura Welcher – The Rosetta Project & The Language Commons

by Austin Brown on March 7th, 02011

Languages are works of art, great libraries, how-to guides for living on planet Earth, windows into our minds and inalienable human rights. Long Now’s own Dr. Laura Welcher, Director of Operations and The Rosetta Project, spoke on March 3rd to a group of Long Now Members about the beauty, variety and value in. . .   Read More

Human Language in the Palm of My Hand

by Laura Welcher on March 4th, 02011

Two days ago, we learned that a Rosetta Disk made its way into the Special Collections of the University of Colorado Boulder library, and was on public display there. One of our members, Zane Selvans paid a visit, and had an extraordinary experience. He took fantastic pictures and wrote it up on his blog Amateur. . .   Read More

Edge Question 02011

by Austin Brown on January 24th, 02011

Published at the beginning of each year since 1998, the Question is pondered by an assortment of scientists, cultural theorists and thinkers. Each responds with a short essay, maybe only a few paragraphs long. Last year, editor John Brockman posed the query, “How is the internet changing the way you think?”

This year. . .   Read More

North American Dialects On Twitter and YouTube

by Austin Brown on January 12th, 02011

Using data from the Atlas of North American English (ANAE) by William Labov, Sharon Ash, and Charles Boberg combined with his own research, linguist Rick Aschmann created the detailed map above to show regional dialects throughout North America.  One of the coolest features is that he’s linked over 600 YouTube videos to the map. . .   Read More