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Media: Facebook in Kaqchikel

Submitter: Brent Henderson

Submitter Email: bhendrsn@ufl.edu
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Documentation

Media Body: On the Day of the World's Indigenous People (August 9), Wuqu'Kawoq:
Maya Health Alliance announced the availability of a free software
plug-in that allows users to access Facebook's interface completely in
the Kaqchikel language. The software can be downloaded at

It is the result of collaboration between linguists Robert Henderson
(McGill U.) and Juan Ajsinivac (Kaqchikel Colchi, Guatemala), and Dr.
Peter Rohloff (Wuqu' Kawoq Medical Director), based on a script
developed by Kevin Scannell (St. Louis U.)

The release has generated media buzz on Yahoo News as well as
CNN Mexico.



Wuqu'Kawoq: Maya Health Alliance is a Guatemala-based NGO
focused on health and linguistic/cultural revitalization in rural Maya
Communities. Learn more at www.wuqukawoq.org.
Issue Number: 23.3377
Date Posted: August 11, 2012

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