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Blog Archive for the ‘Language’ Category

Lera Boroditsky, “How Language Shapes Thought”

by Stewart Brand on October 27th, 02010

Languages are Parallel Universes
A Summary by Stewart Brand

“To have a second language is to have a second soul,” said Charlemagne around 800 AD. “Each language has its own cognitive toolkit,” said psychologist/linguist Lera Boroditsky in 2010 AD.

Different languages handle verbs, distinctions, gender, time, space, metaphor, and agency differently, and those differences. . .   Read More

Endangered Language Linguist awarded prestigious MacArthur Fellowship

by Laura Welcher on September 29th, 02010

Jessie Little Doe Baird, a linguist who has worked for years on reviving the Wampanoag (Wôpanâak) Language, has just been awarded a 02010 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in honor of her work and research.

Baird, who is of Wamponoag heritage, studied at MIT under the indigenous language scholar Kenneth Hale. By immersing herself in. . .   Read More

Be a Pilot Tester for The 300 Languages Project

by Laine Stranahan on September 28th, 02010

The 300 Languages Project is a special effort by The Rosetta Project to create a parallel text and audio corpus for the world’s 300 most widely-spoken languages. We are seeking a limited set of volunteers to test its submission process and offer feedback to its coordinators before the project is globally launched in. . .   Read More

Swadesh List data now re-enabled in Rosetta Internet Archive Collection

by Laine Stranahan on September 24th, 02010

Swadesh list for the Puoc language in the International Phonetic Alphabet
In the 01950s, American linguist Morris Swadesh, as part of his overarching vision of a quantitative method for determining language relationships on a global and multimillenial scale, developed a set of one hundred words found to be unusually stable across time and language boundaries. . .   Read More

Building an Audio Collection for All the World’s Languages

by Laine Stranahan on July 21st, 02010

The Rosetta Project is pleased to announce the Parallel Speech Corpus Project, a year-long volunteer-based effort to collect parallel recordings in languages representing at least 95% of the world’s speakers. The resulting corpus will include audio recordings in hundreds of languages of the same set of texts, each accompanied by a transcription. . .   Read More

Rosetta Spotlight: Ormuri – a piece of Middle Eastern identity

by admin on May 11th, 02010

“Language is identity,” Darfur refugee Daowd I. Salih told the New York Times about a week ago. He was being interviewed for an article called “Listening to (and Saving) the World’s Languages.” As mentioned in this Rosetta Project blog post, the article discusses the amazing variety of spoken languages in New York City, and. . .   Read More

Memory loss

by Kirk Citron on March 12th, 02010

The Long News: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now.

Today, humans speak to each other in nearly 7,000 languages; it’s estimated that 90% of those languages will be gone by 02050, displaced by English, Spanish, or Chinese. Meanwhile, there’s a broader question about. . .   Read More

The Global Lives Project

by Laura Welcher on March 2nd, 02010

Last Friday evening, Long Now joined the Global Lives Project in celebrating their world premiere opening at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  Through a huge volunteer effort, Global Lives has produced ten films – each 24 hours long – that visually capture the everyday life of ten people around the planet.  And on. . .   Read More

Mumble in the Jungle

by Austin Brown on December 11th, 02009

This week, the New York Times ran an article about a recent scientific discovery in the predator alert calls of Campbell’s monkeys.   Strikingly, they seem to have the ability to create complex calls out of multiple elements – a “morphological” (word building) process previously thought to only take place in human language.

Human languages do. . .   Read More

Human Language as a Secret Weapon

by Laura Welcher on November 25th, 02009

Earlier this month, a small group of World War II Navajo Code Talkers – who are today in their eighties and nineties – marched as a group for the first time in the New York City Veteran’s Day Parade as a way to raise awareness in the US about their wartime contribution. The Code Talkers were. . .   Read More

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