Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival 2019

Logo The Mother Tongue Film Festival – mothertongue.si.edu – is a collaborative Smithsonian annual event, initiated by the Recovering Voices Program of the National Museum of Natural History. The festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world over four days of screenings in Washington, D.C. All events are …

International Mother Language Day

Poster: International Mother Language Day = Dia Internacional de la Lengua Materna February 21 is International Mother Language Day declared by UNESCO in 1999 to celebrate linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Events, workshops and even tweets on this date promote awareness. Hashtags: #dilm, #LenguaMaterna UNESCO: “Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and …

Australia Slang

Word cloud Even a drongo can use a dongle! Traveler Tip: If you are uncertain about a particular expression or word, just say, ‘Hang on a moment, I’m not quite sure what you’re on about.’ Featured Words Billabong Bushwalking Makarrata Walkabout Top Faves: Waddaya reckon? Arvo = Afternoon As fit as a mallee bull = …

Sign Language

Sign languages use the visual-manual modality to convey meaning. Language is expressed via the manual signstream in combination with non-manual elements. Sign languages are full-fledged natural languages with their own grammar and lexicon. Embedded Tweets 👍🏼 Happy New Zealand Sign Language Week! Our first sign word of the day is “Internet” ⬇️ #NZSL #Deaf cc …

Sámi Language Conference (2019)

The Sámi Parliament hosts the Sámi Language Conference in Tromsø, Norway February 4-5, 2019. The conference venue will be the Clarion Hotel ‘The Edge’. Marking the official kick-off of the Sámi Parliament’s language campaign, this conference will be the first major commemoration of the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages in Sápmi. Sámi municipalities, language …

Language Links

Photo: Royston Rascals, Kool Links related to language presented in somewhat random fashion: Twitter @awad @MacqDictionary @wordspy @risingvoices @IndigenousTweet @BnZunni @elChilamBalam @NavajoWeb @livingtongues @LanguageLog @stevenbird @nyborrobyn @mayhplumb @blillehaugen @aikumaproject Soundcloud The Allusionist https://soundcloud.com/kumoontun Play Think you can identify global languages? Play the Great Language Game. Headlines http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181207-how-ai-could-help-us-with-ancient-languages-like-sumerian worlds-languages-traced-back-single-african-mother-tongue-scientists how-morality-changes-in-a-foreign-language the-glossary-of-happiness language-immigrants-multiethnolect/420285 digital-language-divide The word-hoard: Robert …

Buzzword Bingo 2018

Poster: Image: Warming stripes What are your favorite words of 2018? We are curating our annual collection of new words, old classics, and the inbetween, that came to attention/usefulness in 2018. Buzzword Bingo 2018 Bilingual Signs Coddiwomple Deepfake Digital Transformation Dispensary Flexitarian Joy of Missing Out (JOMO) Lifelong Learning Positive Travel Bias Rain Shadow Single-Use …

Love Notebook

Poster:  Fall in Love What does your heart say? – Mixteco greeting (Na ca anun) Ma sa sa’ laa ch’ool (mah sah sah laa ch’ohl) (literally, is there happiness in your heart?) Sa in ch’ oo’ (sah een ch’ohl), (Yes, my heart is happy.) – Maya Q’eqchi Expression, Belize This eye looks with love This …

German = Deutsch

Proverbs German (Deutsch) is a West Germanic language that is mainly spoken in Central Europe. It is the most widely spoken and (co-)official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol (Italy), the German-speaking Community of Belgium, and Liechtenstein; it is also an official, but not majority language of Luxembourg. One of the major languages of …

Plurilingual

Buzzwords Plurilingualism is a situation wherein a person who has competence in more than one language can switch between languages – from one language to another and vice versa – according to the circumstances at hand. – Wikipedia Wikipedia Plurilingualism Elsewhere on the Web Master of Arts in Languages and Literature: Multilingualism, Plurilingualism and Plurilingual …