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This week in languages: February 9, 2018

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02/02/2018–09/02/2018 Headlines The Episcopal church in the Diocese of Washington, D.C. passed a groundbreaking resolution last week to stop using masculine pronouns and gendered language to refer to God. Per the resolution’s drafters, “Over the centuries our language and our understanding…

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This week in languages: January 12, 2018

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05/01/2018–12/01/2018 Headlines If you’ve been guessing it all along, yes, you’re right, fake news has been voted as the 2017 Word of the Year. Voters were members of the American Dialect Society, which comprised “lexicographers, etymologists, grammarians, historians, researchers, writers,…

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This week in languages: January 5, 2018

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29/12/2017–05/01/2018 Headlines Registration for The Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang) 2018 in Gainsville, Florida is now open! From 18 June–20 July 2018, connect with academics, students, linguists, and indigenous language members to discuss community-based language documentation and revitalisation! Very exciting…

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This week in languages: December 22, 2017

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15/12/2017–22/12/2017 Headlines In an effort to combat bullying and discrimination, an increasing number of British schools are adopting gender-neutral language and policies. These include more liberal uniform policies and the use of non-gendered terms such as “pupils” rather than “boys…

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This week in languages: December 15, 2017

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08/12/2017–15/12/2017 Headlines In spite of great logistical and manpower challenges, the Canadian federal government is aiming to introduce simultaneous translation of the House of Commons proceedings in indigenous languages, reports Radio Canada International. Proceedings are currently available for simultaneous translation in…

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This week in languages: November 24, 2017

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17/11/2017–24/11/2017 Headlines Learn introductory Gwich’in with this free course by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks! Gwich’in is the indigenous language of the Gwich’in people and is spoken in Alaska and Canada’s Yukon and Northwest Territories. The International Conference on Bilingualism: Language and…

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This week in languages November 17, 2017

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10/11/2017–17/11/2017 Headlines This week marks the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Soviet Revolution, an event that had a striking effect on Russian orthography, grammar, and lexicon. Four “obsolete” letters were eliminated, feminine and neuter adjectives lost their distinct plural forms,…

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