News 16.3.2023 a les 08:00h

Sami languages revive in their diversity

The nameplace Lapland conjures up distant territories, bitter cold, and a sun that never sets. The indigenous inhabitants of these lands were formerly known as Lapps. A long time ago, the Sami chose to ostracize that exonym, which today is considered pejorative. Their history is linked to the oppression exercised by the Scandinavian states of Norway, Sweden, and Finland, as well as the Russian Federation. But that's not the only fragmentation they have. The Sami acknowledge the whole of their territory by the names of Sápmi, Sábme, Saepmie, Sábmie, Säämi, Sääʹmjânnam, or Saam' jiemm'n'e among others. Each of these endonyms corresponds to a Sami language. Depending on the state, each language has different demographic, geographical, and sociolinguistic factors. Unfortunately, they all share the same problem; the danger of extinction. Revitalization is the key to survival. Keep reading

Lemet-Jon Jovnna, fundador de Čálliid Lágádus, una de les editorials samis més importants
News 27.2.2023 a les 08:45h

Two-month blockade sets new extreme test for Nagorno-Karabakh’s ability to resist

12 December 2022 could be an ordinary Monday when the people of Artsakh were supposed to wake up and go to work, and children go to school and kindergarten. Someone had planned to drive to Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia, to visit a doctor; someone was getting ready for a trip, and someone was preparing to leave Yerevan for home, Stepanakert, the capital city of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). But that did not happen. On 12 December, Azerbaijani protestors, so-called “ecoactivists,” blocked the Lachin corridor —the only road connecting Armenia to Artsakh. 120,000 Armenians living in Artsakh have been under a total blockade since then. Keep reading

Noya Musayelyan, una veina de l'Alt Karabakh.
News 15.2.2023 a les 09:45h

Rapa Nui people strive to save language from extinction

Walking through the streets of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, is penetrating an exuberant territory of extinct volcanoes and moai —monolithic statues—, of red earth and turquoise beaches… it looks like entering deep Polynesia until a daily conversation of its inhabitants breaks with that imaginary. You won’t hear them speak their Rapa Nui language as, for the most part, they speak Spanish. Their native language is used in very small and specific circles and has become a kind of relic to be preserved. It is a minority and minoritised language, almost in danger of extinction. Keep reading

 Infants i professores del niu lingüístic Hōŋa'a Re'o.
News 3.2.2023 a les 08:45h

Kurdish journalism in Turkey under continued judicial pressure

The Turkish government has passed a new law that punishes “disinformation” in media and social networks with up to 3 years in prison. The first person to be arrested was a Kurdish journalist. The Erdoğan government’s attacks on press freedom affect all reporters in Turkey. “But Kurds are more affected because in our region more red lines exist.” Two Kurdish journalists speak to Nationalia. Keep reading

 Melike Aydın, reportera de JinNews.
Opinion and analysis 20.1.2023 a les 09:15h

For Sardinian language, (almost) all work is yet to be done

Sardinia is considered one of the most unknown, exotic, and backward places in the Mediterranean. It is a well-established prejudice that has spread the image of an island trapped in time, where features of vanished civilizations can still be observed. Sardinian is considered to be a relic of that past —even saying that it is the Romance language that differed least from Latin. Today, however, that theory is criticized by Sardinian philologists who argue that the language has evolved like other languages, and that insularity is not synonymous with immobility. That discussion shows how, over the last 20 years, a lively debate has developed around the language. Without going into it, we will see what the features of Sardinian are, what its history is, and what its current situation is. Keep reading

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