Latest Language News

In the French language, steps forward and back for women

May. 08, 2021 02:38 AM EDT

LE PECQ, France (AP) — The fight to make the French language kinder to women took steps forward, and back, this week. Warning that the well-being of France and its future are at stake, the government banned the use in schools of a method increasingly used by some French...

Buffalo tabs Michigan's Linguist to take over football team

May. 07, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Maurice Linguist was hired as the University at Buffalo’s football coach Friday night, just months after he became Michigan's co-defensive coordinator. Linguist joined Jim Harbaugh's Michigan staff in January as part of an offseason overhaul...

Umatilla tribes release online dictionary of fading language

May. 05, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

MISSION, Ore. (AP) — The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have released an online dictionary of their language to preserve it and help new learners pick up the dying tongue. The project is a collaboration between the confederated tribes' language...

Philippine diplomat apologizes for profanity toward China

May. 04, 2021 06:04 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' foreign secretary apologized Tuesday after tweeting an obscene phrase demanding China get out of Philippine-claimed territory in the South China Sea in an outburst that annoyed the Philippine president. Foreign Secretary...

NJ teacher suspended after profane Floyd comments to class

May. 01, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey high school teacher has been suspended with pay after profanity-laced comments to students in his class about George Floyd, the man killed by a Minneapolis police officer. A recording aired by WNBC-TV shows Dickinson High School...

Wary Supreme Court weighs student's Snapchat profanity case

Apr. 28, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A wary Supreme Court on Wednesday weighed whether public schools can discipline students for things they say off campus, worrying about overly restricting speech on the one hand and leaving educators powerless to deal with bullying on the other. The...

Student's Snapchat profanity leads to high court speech case

Apr. 26, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen-year-old Brandi Levy was having that kind of day where she just wanted to scream. So she did, in a profanity-laced posting on Snapchat that has, improbably, ended up before the Supreme Court in the most significant case on student speech in more than 50 years. ...

Video shows Black soldiers harassed at Virginia restaurant

Apr. 23, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (AP) — A group of Black soldiers was recently harassed at a northern Virginia restaurant by a woman who used racist language, according to video of the incident that was shared widely on social media. A Fort Belvoir public affairs spokesperson told...

FBI profiler donates files 25 years after Unabomber arrest

Apr. 10, 2021 03:22 AM EDT

CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) — When FBI agents arrested Ted Kaczynski at his remote Montana cabin 25 years ago today, they knew a lot about the famous recluse whose 17-year string of bombings killed three people and injured 24. Much of what they knew,...

University of Minnesota to add 2nd Indigenous language house

Apr. 05, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new University of Minnesota Living Learning Community (LLC) called the Dakota Language House will launch next fall to advance and support students’ learning of the Dakota language. Radius Apartments in Dinkytown will house the LLC for students to...