[lg policy] "Neighbor" & "local" languages; translations vs ebola

Fri Sep 5 15:09:44 UTC 2014

Three recent blog posts may be of interest to some on this list:

1) "Neighbor languages" in an African context 
(the term "neighbor languages" is used to describe the linguistically close Scandinavian languages; is this a term that could be used more broadly, esp. for groups of mutually intelligible African languages?) 22 August 2014

2) The problem with calling some languages "local" 
(is it appropriate to call a language spoken by millions a "local language"? An appeal for more deliberate & limited use of the term) 3 Septermber 2014

3) Ebola and health information in African languages
(the West African ebola epidemic is happening in a very multilingual region - why isn't there more discussion of and funding for public health education on ebola in widely used languages other than English and French?) 4 September 2014 

Don Osborn

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