Progressives, Tone and Register in Bambara/Jula

How does one formulate progressive sentences in Bambara?… Read More Progressives, Tone and Register in Bambara/Jula

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Keeper of hospitality-ness (“Diatiguiya”)

Just 5 days ago the NYtimes ran an article about Mali’s successful response to its first confirmed case of Ebola. Unfortunately the congratulatory tone seemed a bit premature; Mali had a second seemingly separate outbreak emerge just days later. From the Times’ perspective one of the interesting things that Mali’s outbreaks highlight is the fact… Read More Keeper of hospitality-ness (“Diatiguiya”)

RFI and Voice of America learn Manding

African languages such as Swahili and Hausa have a long history of being used by foreign broadcasters such as the BBC, Radio France International (RFI) and Voice of Russia (formerly known as Radio Moscow). That said, despite its massive spread across West Africa and historical and current status as a lingua franca, none of them have offered Manding… Read More RFI and Voice of America learn Manding

Mozilla and Localization Efforts: The Economist’s “Cookies, caches and cows”

The Economist recently published an interesting article, “Cookies, Cache and Cows” from Bamako, Mali on Mozilla’s localization efforts for its web-browser and its (soon-to-be?) mobile operating system. I did some follow-up investigating to better understand Mozilla’s localization (also known as L10n) efforts and in particular those going on for Manding.… Read More Mozilla and Localization Efforts: The Economist’s “Cookies, caches and cows”