Monthly Archives: January 2012

Reference Resource of the Week

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language

         

Need information on major developments in language studies? Electronic communication? Endangered languages? Transliteration? Language and disabilities? Child language acquisition? Check out this resource!

Did you know that…?

Most of the endangered languages lie along the Equator. Nearly 500 languages have less than 100 speakers. Fifty-one languages have just a single speaker left.

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Imagine a Day Without Wikipedia–That Day is Tomorrow

Starting at Midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on January 18th, Wikipedia, along with several other major internet sites, will suspend operations for 24 hours.  This action is being taken to protest SOPA/PIPA (Stop Online Piracy Act/Protect IP Act)  legislation that is under consideration in the U.S. Congress.  Supporters say that this legislation is designed to stop online piracy, but protestors fear that it could severely limit online freedom.

So, what can we do in the absence of Wikipedia?  The Washington Post has some great tips about how to perform research during the Wikipedia blackout (note their repeated suggestion to use a library!)

And, if you’re interested in finding out more about the proposed legislation and the controversy surrounding it, check out this Los Angeles Times article and the Wikimedia Foundation’s letter to the English Wikipedia Readers and Community.

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Reference Resource of the Week

Amnesty International Report 2011


Need information on how specific governments uphold (or repress) specific human rights? Would you like to know which countries are parties to a specific human rights treaty? Check out this resource!

Did you know that…?

“In Chad, the recruitment and use of children by armed forces and groups continued and recruiters enjoyed total immunity.”

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