Category Archives: Research and Statistics

Exciting Internship Opportunity in Oral History Preservation

The Seminole Tribe of Florida Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum is looking for interns or volunteers to assist with the digital indexing of its Oral History Collection. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in language and culture preservation, indigenous art and … Continue reading

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US Census Releases Data on Native North American Language Speakers

New data published by the US Census includes some interesting information about the numbers and locations of Native North American language speakers. Among the data released are the following estimates: The largest number of Native language speakers is concentrated in … Continue reading

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Georgetown University Department of Linguistics Seeks Interviewees for Linguistics Database

Georgetown Department of Linguistics is seeking participants to interview for the Language and Communication in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area database (LCDC). The database aims to document language usage and communication practices within the DC metro area. Alicia Martinez, organizer … Continue reading

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Do Bilingual Babies have More Flexible Brains?

The results of a new study published online in the Journal of Phonetics August 17 may not come as a shock to you. Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences strapped caps fitted with electrodes … Continue reading

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Language Learning and Technology Journal Free Online

For students, educators, and anyone interested in the scholarly study of technology-enabled language learning there is a handy resource available online- the journal Language Learning and Technology. Currently in its 15th issue, the international journal features original research and novel … Continue reading

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Book Review: “We Are Our Language”

The recently released book “We Are Our Language: An Ethnography of Language Revitalization in a Northern Athabaskan Community” from The University of Arizona Press is a scholarly but personal reflection on language issues faced by the Kaska community in British … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger: Getting Native languages into more classrooms: Teacher certification policies across the U.S. are growing

Today’s SpokenFirst contribution comes to us from Haley De Korne, a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania in Educational Linguistics. Getting Native languages into more classrooms: Teacher certification policies across the U.S. are growing Michigan Public Act 168 of … Continue reading

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New Language Data Released from 2007 American Community Survey

The Census Bureau’s 2007 American Community Survey showed some interesting data about Native language use in the U.S. The report identifies Navajo has the most widely spoken Native language, with 170,717 speakers who use Navajo in the home. There are … Continue reading

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