Archive for the ‘Hruso (hru)’ Category

Vanishing Languages – three profiles

16 June 2012

Read Russ Rymer’s essays with a photograph by Lynn Johnson on Tuvan (tyv), Aka (or Hruso (hru)) and Seri (sei) at Vanishing Languages on the National Geographic website.

Among the highlights are Tuvan khöömei (throat singing), an Akan shaman’s sachet, and disdain for unshared wealth. Also, Seri is a language isolate.

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BBC Quiz!

30 May 2012

The online BBC News Magazine posted a quiz today on less-spoken languages.

The quiz features some tough questions on languages such as: Aka or Hruso (hru), Aramaic (family) and Romansh (roh), as well as four UK languages: Breton (bre), Cornish (cor), Irish (gle) and Manx (glv).

Readers of this blog will probably score far higher than most. With two lucky guesses (whoops!), I scored five out of seven. What’s your score? Post below!

Texting and rapping in endangered languages

2 July 2011

According to “Hip-hop, texting may help save world’s languages” on the Miami Herald website, teenagers who love to send text messages by mobile phone are doing so in endangered languages, giving renewed hope for revitalization. Languages cited include:

    • San Francisco del Mar Huave (hue)
    • San Mateo del Mar Huave (huv)
    • San Dionisio del Mar Huave (hve)
    • Santa María del Mar Huave (hvv)

In addition, hip-hop music has become a vehicle for expression in endangered languages, including:

See “Huilliche hip-hop song 1” and “hip-hop in Aka – Songe Nimasow” on the Enduring Voices channel of YouTube for two rap songs.

National Geographic Teams with Living Tongues Institute

24 February 2011

National Geographic is collaborating with the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages on their Enduring Voices Project and has a web section devoted to it.

The top starts out with an interactive map, showing areas of the globe with degrees of severity in terms of language endangerment. Based on materials from the LTI, the National Geographic map provides pop-up windows when you click on a language endangered area, providing a profile of the area. Click on a button for more information, and you get a new browser tab filled with a list of the languages, revitalization projects, links and data from the Living Tongues Institute (hosted by Swarthmore College).

Below the map is a description of language endangerment (including the statistic that a language goes silent every 14 days), followed by a series of exciting articles (related features) that bring the world to the desktop in that magical way that National Geographic has. Among the links is a YouTube channel for the Enduring Voices Project, currently hosting 132 videos including hip-hop in Aka or Hruso (hru) and the counting system of Foe or Foi (foi), which goes to 37. Others include an expedition to Chile to research Huilliche (huh) and the discovery of Koro (not yet classified).

The site also includes pages on expeditions, resources and revitalization.