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Language policy is labelled a waste
(National Times: 9/6/2012)
TONY ABBOTT'S ambitious goal to have 40 per cent of high school students study an Asian language within a decade has been branded a multibillion-dollar waste of money.

Four months after Mr Abbott announced his policy, an analysis prepared by Benjamin Herscovitch from the Centre for Independent Studies yesterday dubbed the policy an expensive waste of time.

Mr Herscovitch said Australia's multicultural composition rendered it an Asia-literate country by default.
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Breaking through language barriers
I'd been to the US and Britain, but when I was 16 I went to Indonesia to do a summer school at a university in central Java. It included learning batik, the martial arts and language studies while living in the university dormitories. I just loved it.

I started my arts degree at Sydney University in 1980 following a gap year. I enrolled in linguistics and Indonesian and Malayan studies.

Sydney had by far the most influential and esteemed Indonesian department in Australia at the time. And I was drawn to Sydney because of its reputation and status.
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New directorate to save dying languages
(DECCAN Chronicle: 8/14/2012)
In a move to protect and develop Kok Borok, the language spoken by majority tribals of the state and other dying languages of various ethnic groups the Tripura government has decided to create a separate directorate. The tribal language cell attached to the education department will now converted into a full fledged directorate in the name and style of the Kok Borok and Minority Language Department which will start functioning from August 14.
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Busting 5 Body Language Myths
(Forbes: 7/24/2012)
When people find out that I write and speak about body language, they immediately get nervous and self-conscious. They react as if I could detect their innermost thoughts with a single glance.

Well, I can't. But that's only one of the myths people believe about the subject. Here are five others:
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Google confronts extinction of more than 3,000 languages
(CNET NEWS: 6/21/2012)
More than 3,000 languages are on the verge of extinction and Google is trying to do something about it.

Collaborating with scholars, researchers, and language communities, the Web giant launched the Endangered Languages Project today, backed by a coalition called the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity. Through the project Web site, people can learn about the Earth's endangered languages and see what kind of documentation is being created to preserve them.
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