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Media: BBC/Berber, BBC/"Mysteries of Speech"

Submitter: Dick Hudson

Submitter Email: dick@linguistics.ucl.ac.uk
Media Body: Dear Linguist,

A bit of good news for those concerned with language rights a
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/middle_east/newsid_1578000/1578504.stm

It says that the Algerian government has officially recognised Berber
(Tamazight).
Dick

Richard (= Dick) Hudson

Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London,
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.
http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/dick/home.htm

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Dear Linguists,

An article entitled'Scientists unlock mysteries of speech'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1575000/1575471.stm
may be of interest.

Peter Hendriks

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Issue Number: 12.2455
Date Posted: October 04, 2001

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