2014 News

Crow Opens Up Level 1 Language Textbook

The Crow language has started its K-12 sequence of language instruction textbooks, with Bíiluukaalilaah! Speak Crow! Level 1. The book and its flashcard set have been shipped to 9 Crow schools, to reach 12 teachers and 1,400 school children in its first year.  Crow language teachers have been training in Total Physical Response methods for the text
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Language On Your Own: Self-Study Tips – Part 9

This is Part 9 of a 12-part series. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGH! Is that the sound of your brain cracking under the weight of all those words and grammar rules? Take a break! The biggest battle you’ll face is right here, with yourself – with the urge to give up. Frustration is part of the path! As always, there are helpers ready when you call on t
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Dakota Language Is Up and Running!

The Dakota Language Society – better known as Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye (or DIO) – has let us know that their first Textbook, first Audio CD and first set of Posters are doing “tons” of pre-orders at their new web site store! The DIO’s web site has information on the status of the Dakota language, including history of the written language, which o
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NEH and NSF Join Together to Preserve Languages

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced 27 awards totaling more than $4 million in the 10th round of a joint effort to document languages threatened with extinction. These new awards, part of an NSF-NEH Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program, support digital documentation
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Language On Your Own: Self-Study Tips – Part 8

This is part 8 of a 12-part series. This time it’s personal There are four language skills you want to build, to become fluent in another language: Speaking Listening Comprehension Reading Writing     If you practice all four skills, you will learn faster and better than if you target only one or two. Why? Speaking requires listening to c
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Three New Language Textbooks Land in Schools

Schoolchildren in the Three Affiliated Tribes of Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA Nation) up in Fort Berthold, ND will start this school year with new language textbooks in their respective tribal languages. Knowing their languages faced extinction, the Tribes’ leaders determined what obstacles prevented them from sustaining their three disti
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Language On Your Own: Self-Study Tips – Part 7

This Part 7 of a 12-part series. Thinking In a New Language Subject, verb, object.  You probably remember that from English classes: the basic building-block structure of an English sentence.  But did you know that it is also a way of thinking? How those building blocks are arranged in relation to each other marks the sentence structure, the patter
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Linguist List Moves to Indiana University

A vital resource for Linguists has a new home. LINGUIST List, a portal for jobs, publishing and discussion among academic linguists, has become part of the Indiana University Department of Linguistics in Bloomington, IN.  Moderator Damir Cavar brought it with him from Eastern Michigan University as he landed at IU to teach Computational Linguistics
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Language On Your Own: Self-Study Tips – Part 6

This is Part 6 of a 12-part series. The main tool you need is … If you want to become fluent, your best friend is a dictionary. A good, reliable dictionary for any language – not just Native American — uses consistent spelling, gives example sentences and shows verb conjugations. Make sure the dictionary for your chosen language gives you tha
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