Heritage Languages

Jul 21, 2010 by

Over 180 languages, from Adamawa Fulfulde (a Niger-Congo language from Cameroon) to Zoogocho Zapotec (an Oto-Manguean language from Mexico), are spoken in the U.S., most of them by immigrants from other lands. Naturally, immigrant...

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Language laws: necessary or ridiculous?

Jul 19, 2010 by

Belgium is without a government — again. Not that the international community is bound to notice as Belgium plays a modest role in international affairs, beyond being the seat of European government. But still. And what brought...

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Celebrating the “great and powerful”

Jun 10, 2010 by

June 6 — also the birthday of the famous Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin — was for the first time celebrated as the Day of the Russian Language, thanks to the UN decision which proclaimed special holidays for all six...

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Languages of Norway

May 26, 2010 by

In addition to Sweden, whose languages have been the subject of the last two postings, I also visited Norway on my recent trip to Europe. So let’s look at some of the languages spoken there. We have already dealt extensively...

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Saami

May 25, 2010 by

In yesterday’s posting I started discussing the languages of Sweden. Today, we’ll look at another (group of) language(s) spoken in Sweden — Saami languages. They are members of the Finno-Ugric language family and as...

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Languages of Sweden

May 24, 2010 by

As promised, this week’s postings will deal with languages of Scandinavia, where I’ve recently travelled. Today I will review the linguistic situation in Sweden, the first country I’ve visited. The official language...

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