Appalachia en Español

When you live in the Appalachian mountains, Spanish textbooks don't always speak to you. That's the realization that led Harlan County, Kentucky schoolteachers Chris...

Statement on Languages Calls for Embrace of Multilingualism

As global and local communications continue to become more vital than ever — and more and more disparate — five academies from the UK,...

Planet Word: a Museum Where Language Comes to Life

Where Language Comes to Life is the motto at Planet Word, a museum in Washington DC that opened in October. Nominated for USA Today's...

What Languages Will the New Constitution of Chile Reflect?

After this week's vote to compose a new constitution, a debate is occurring in Chile about whether Indigenous groups will be represented in the...

Chinese Project Promotes Local Dialects, but in What Capacity?

Surveying a wide swath of regions, Chinese officials aim to preserve and promote local dialects. The country’s human rights record, however, stands at odds...

Turkish Social Media Law set to Gobble up Dissent

The Turkish parliament swiftly approved a new law regulating social media at the end of July, after Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned earlier...

Journalists Face Widespread Crackdown After Belarus Vote

Authorities in Belarus have received international criticism for their violent crackdown on journalists following the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. Many believe the election...

Federal police presence in Portland highlights fragmented American cultures

Portland, Oregon, is known for its bicycle culture, its book culture, and its general funkiness. It has a reputation among many of its residents...

Latvia’s linguistic journey

Tourism is popular the world over, and Latvia is no exception. Once, at a resort in Whistler, British Columbia, I was surprised to meet a trainer with AirBaltic, the flag-carrying airline of Latvia. The trainer told me that when AirBaltic started flying in 1995, its flight attendants only knew Latvian and Russian.