Author: Mark Kaiser

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California Language Archive is now live

We are pleased to announce that the Audio Archive of Linguistic Field Recordings and the Survey of California and Other Indigenous Languages have merged their databases and are now accessible through the portal site California Language Archive. The Audio Archive contains 1700+ hours of recordings of stories, songs/chants, and elicitation of linguistic data in 221…

BLC Lecturer Profile: Amelia Barili

Amelia Barili is a Spanish Language and Culture lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, who is inspiring and preparing university students to use what they know to help others, through an innovative pedagogy that integrates the most recent findings of Cognitive Science Neurobiology and Service Learning. Recognizing the potential that UC Berkeley students…

Cuts in funding for international education

As many of you know, the Continuing Resolution passed by Congress contains significant cuts to international education, including a 40% cut in funding for Title VI centers, Fulbright-Hays, and FIPSE. These cuts will impact the quality of international education at UC Berkeley, in particular funding for students to study LCTLs. Please read the letter from…

Which language is this (April-May)?

Last month’s language: Korean. Now see if you can discover this month’s language, without using the Internet! Even though it is the native language of only 40% of the population of this small country of 12 million souls, it is spoken by 94% of them.  One of its most notable characteristics is that it features…

Higher Ceilings on Travel Support

Effective July 1st, the BLC will support lecturer travel to conferences where the lecturer is giving a paper up to $750 for domestic travel, and up to $1000 for international travel, subject to budget restrictions. This compares with a $500 limit on all travel support the past several years. The reality is that even a…

Which language is this (Jan/Feb)

Last month’s answer: Czech. This language ... ... is spoken by nearly 78 million people. Most of its speakers live in one of two countries where this is the official language. ... is agglutinative, with an SOV syntactic structure. …has rich honorific forms and context-sensitive speech styles to designate various distinctions in status and situation.…

Which language is this (November)?

Last month’s answer ........ Telugu. This language … is the official language of a country with approximately 10.3 million inhabitants. Significant numbers of native speakers of this language also live in neighboring countries, but there are groups of speakers also in Australia, Canada, and the United States. A well-known American novel, which many students read…

Before … and After the BLC

To say that UC Berkeley and Berkeley Language Center in particular changed my life from the professional and personal points of view is to say nothing. I would better say my life can be now divided into two epochs – before BLC and after BLC. My English classes started here in Russia, and I have…

Which language is this?

This language ... ... is an officially recognized language by a regional government; ... is spoken by nearly 80 million speakers, placing it in the top 20 of the most spoken languages in the world; ... has a 1000-year-old literature and has been designated a classical language by its national government; ... has been referred…

BLC Lecturer Profile: Armando Di Carlo

“One must love one’s work like one loves a woman,” says Dr. Armando Di Carlo. After 20 years at UC Berkeley’s Department of Italian studies, spring semester 2011 will be Armando’s last; he’s retiring. Armando Di Carlo ended up in the US because of love – not for work but for a woman – as…

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