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Media: Non-English Internets

Submitter: Mark Jones

Submitter Email: markjjones@hotmail.com
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Writing Systems

Media Body: The technology supplement of the British daily broadsheet 'The Guardian'
carried the article below on July 27th about the dangers of not responding
to growing pressure to internationalise the internet, especially with
respect to non-English speaking users:

http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,1830481,00.html

Mark J. Jones
Department of Linguistics
University of Cambridge
http://kiri.ling.cam.ac.uk/mark/
mjj13@cam.ac.uk
Issue Number: 17.2177
Date Posted: July 28, 2006

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