Linguistic Nationalism Among the Basques

Dec 9, 2011 by

BY CONNOR EVERETT KELLEY (“Languages of the World”)  On the 20th of October, 2011, Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), an organization of Basque freedom fighters, announced a complete termination of their “campaigns of bombings...

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On official languages of sub-Saharan Africa

Dec 9, 2011 by

BY ADETOLA LAWAL (“Languages of the World”) Many sub-Saharan countries kept former colonial languages as their official language in order to “to avoid some of the ethnic and linguistic quagmires” since these languages...

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The Decline of the Celtic Languages

Dec 8, 2011 by

BY NATALIE KARL (“Languages of the World”) The cultures of the Celts and Anglo-Saxons have been at odds in the British Isles since medieval times, and the Celtic language family has suffered because of it. This family,...

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A Brief History of the Language Laws of Quebec

Dec 8, 2011 by

BY CHIP SCHULMAN (“Languages of the World”) Ever since the British took control of Canada from France in 1763, the governing bodies in Canada have had to deal with a populace that spoke both English and French in large...

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Standardization of Basque

Dec 8, 2011 by

BY MICHAEL JAMES LANCASTER (“Languages of the World”) Until recently, Basque—the ancestral language of the people who inhabit the Basque Country of northeastern Spain and southwestern France—had neither a standardized...

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On tone genesis in Vietnamese

Dec 8, 2011 by

BY NIKHIL RAGHURAM (“Languages of the World”) Even though there is a fairly well accepted model for the development of tones in Vietnamese, linguists still have questions about Vietnamese tonogenesis. One of the major...

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