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Digitizing Indigenous Languages: Scholars Use Technology To Preserve Their Native Languages
About 300 distinct Indigenous languages flourished among Native American nations before European colonizers set foot in what would become the U.S. Today, only about a third of those languages exist. Of those, about 90% are at risk of becoming extinct by 2050, according to the National Congress of American Indians.
November 12, 2020
A Question of Identity: Examining Use of the Term ‘Latinx’
In academic and student activist circles, many have adopted the term “Latinx” as a gender-neutral and gender non-binary inclusive replacement for Latino or Latina. The word — which made its debut in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary in 2018 — is increasingly popular among scholars, with universities like Harvard, Yale and others offering Latinx studies programs. But only 3% of U.S. Hispanics actually use the term, according to a Pew Research Center study in August.
October 6, 2020
U of Oklahoma Responds After Second Professor Uses Racial Slur in Class
Less than two weeks after a University of Oklahoma journalism professor used the N-word in class, one of the school’s history professors also used the racial slur in one of his lectures, reported KFOR news. According to a letter sent out by interim president Joseph Harroz, the unnamed professor read from a historical document that […]
February 26, 2020
English-Learning Program at UVA Helps International Students, Faculty Gain Confidence
The VISAS program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, researchers, scholars, faculty, staff, employees and family members of the University of Virginia community who want to practice their language literacy or adjust to teaching in the United States through demonstrations, discussions and during office hours.
September 24, 2019
Is the Language of Digital Technology Killing us and our Ability to Communicate?
My fascination with language, as a method of expression and communication, is precisely because of what it can do and enable and that it exists in so many various forms. It is also why I am so concerned with the direction of current trends in language and, ultimately, our communication.
November 14, 2018
Chinese Gaining Momentum as Language Option Among HBCUs
Though most HBCUs focus their language instruction on the traditional standbys, Spanish or French, a handful are moving in a new direction: developing Chinese programs.
November 6, 2014
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