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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on June 4, 2009 No Comment

Salon.com has a cool review of Arika Okrent’s book In the Land of Invented Languages (2009). By invented languages, she means “a language with its own fully constructed vocabulary and grammar, which is potentially or hypothetically capable of replacing the flawed, irregular, piecemeal “natural” languages virtually all of us speak.” Here’s a fun […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 12, 2009 No Comment

Hi Fitizens, it’s been a while since the last poll, and by popular demand (in my head), I decided to bring back the FIT Poll! Get crackin’! I expect to see at least three votes by the time this night is over. 😛

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 9, 2009 12 Comments

A Republican Texan legislator, Betty Brown, created an uproar Tuesday by suggesting, during House Elections Committee testimony, that Asian-American voters should use names which are “easier for Americans to deal with.” Ramey Ko, a rep for the Organization of Chinese Americans, had earlier stated “that people of Chinese, Japanese and Korean descent often have […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 24, 2009 5 Comments
2,500 Languages Endangered

Last Thursday, UNESCO unveiled the new (online) Atlas of World Languages, claiming that 2,500 (36%) of the 6,900 languages spoken worldwide are endangered. The top three countries facing the loss of the most languages are: 1. India (with 196 endangered languages); 2. The United States (with 192); and Indonesia (with 147).

Nearly 200 languages […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 30, 2008 4 Comments

“Western technology companies have misunderstood the linguistic landscape of India, where English is spoken proficiently by only about a tenth of the population and even many college-educated Indians prefer the contours of their native tongues for everyday speech,” according to Quillpad creator Ram Prakash, the New York Times reports today. In the last […]

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