Workshop on Multilingual Spaces: City, Classroom, and Cyberspace

On March 28, 2018, the GLJ group conducted a public workshop for the learning community at Columbia University on the issue of multilingual spaces.  How exactly does language structure space, both in the city that we inhabit and in the classrooms in which we teach?  What about the digital spaces of the internet and social…

Language Preservation through Character Encoding

What is Unicode? And how can it help in the quest to preserve the endangered languages of the world? Before February 15, 2018, I had a partial answer to the first of these two questions. I had heard the name “Unicode” and had a vague idea of what it was. But I had no idea…

Global Language Justice: On the Life and Death of Languages

When Drs. Isabelle Zaugg and Daniel Kaufman discussed the life and death of languages at a two-day event at Columbia University, they both teased out factors that made a language “living” as opposed to “dead.”  What gives life to language, and what takes that life away?  They spoke on the status of languages in Ethiopia (Zaugg)…