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LINGUIST List 23.3377

Sat Aug 11 2012

Media: Facebook in Kaqchikel

Editor for this issue: Anna Belew <annalinguistlist.org>

Date: 11-Aug-2012
From: Brent Henderson <bhendrsnufl.edu>
Subject: Facebook in Kaqchikel
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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
www.wachwuj.com.

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.

http://news.yahoo.com/local-guatemala-language-soon-facebook-
193659871.html

http://mexico.cnn.com/videos/2012/08/08/el-nuevo-idioma-de-facebook

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.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Language Documentation

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