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Using your language is a human right, yet is often overlooked in the conversations surrounding human rights and how to protect them.

Photo by Juliana Kozoski on Unsplash


As the internet expands, clearing space for more cultures to flourish, the potential for language reclamation will grow.

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash


Our voice is a deeply personal part of our lives and our heritage. Let’s explore Appalachian English, often stereotyped, yet used by over 25 million people in the United States today.

Mentone, Alabama. Photo by Kristen Tcherneshoff.


The Khoisan languages receive a lot of attention because of how rare click phonemes are to the world’s ears. In all of the world’s languages, only a handful implement clicking sounds.

Line drawing with ochre pencil on stone, dating back 73,000 years
Line drawing with ochre pencil on stone, dating back 73,000 years
Photo by Craig Foster: https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-73-000-year-old-abstract-art-found-in-south-africa-s-blombos-cave-1.6468244


Sq’éwlets: A Stó:lo-Coast Salish Community, and their Website


Snowdonia National Park, Wales


  • Share, share, share! There are still many people around the world who have not heard about this monumentous year. Tell your neighbors, tell your coworkers, share it with the elders of your community. If you use social media, share images and/or videos…


Photo from the #IYIL2019 opening ceremony, by © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX


Kristen Tcherneshoff

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