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A jury of German academics has named "shitstorm" 2011’s best English loanword, saying the word "fills the gap in the German vocabulary that has become apparent through changes in the culture and public debate. Read more» 1

Chomsky speaks on linguistics at the UA on Tuesday.

Internationally renowned linguist, author and policy pundit Noam Chomsky is visiting the University of Arizona this week to talk about language, education and politics. He'll give a free talk Wednesday night at Centennial Hall. Read more» 1

A Uitoto man in Colombia. Only about 50 people still speak Uitoto, out of the 600 members of the indigenous Uitoto tribe in the southern Colombian jungle. The rest communicate in Spanish which they view as more modern and useful.

With both Atlantic and Pacific coastlines and located close to Caribbean islands, Colombia has long been a crossroads for indigenous groups. In the 1500s, Spanish explorers reported that native peoples here spoke at least 300 distinct languages, many of which are now dying out. Read more»