Monthly Archives: March 2012

Sinhalese, Singhalese or Sinhala?

Sinhala is the officially recognized language in Sri Lanka, along with Tamil. Also known as Sinhalese and previously as Singhalese, it is the language of the Sinhalese people, the largest ethnic group in that country. It belongs to the Indo-European family of languages, which also includes most of the languages ​​of Europe and South Asia. […]

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Is Music a language?

The other night I was listening to a version of Eleanor Rigby by the talented Uruguayan musician Leo Masliah. This particular version has got so many variations and modulations (changes of key) that at one point I realized that there was no way he could know the whole thing by heart. Of course, he writes […]

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What Makes Guaraní Different from Other American Indigenous Languages?

An article by Simon Romero came out this week in The New York Times discussing why Guaraní, Paraguay’s main indigenous language, has been able to continue playing such an important role in the culture and politics of Paraguay. Importantly, this article highlights the reasons why, unlike other American indigenous languages, Guaraní has become so institutionalized […]

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What Is the Dzongkha Language?

Dzongkha, or Ngalopkha as it is occasionally known, is the official language of Bhutan. Bhutan is a small landlocked country on the continent of Asia. A mountainous country due to its proximity to the Himalayas, it is located between India and China. Given this geographical location, Dzongkha is also spoken in Nepal and India. Dzongkha belongs […]

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