Facebook’s new Indian languages, bilingual politics in Belgium, and a new development in lip-reading

I’m doing a new monthly news round-up, which everyone who subscribes to the World in Words feed will receive.  So I corralled The Big Show’s Carol Hills into a studio to talk about five language-related stories from May 2009. Carol, by the way, maintains a page on The World‘s website that presents a weekly survey of newspaper and magazine cartoons from around the world.

Among the stories we discuss:

The strongest challenger to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  is campaigning in his native Turkish Azeri;  he’s also using some bold body language.

You can now update, poke and unfriend on Facebook in six more languages, all spoken in India.

lips

British researchers are developing software that would not only lip-read, but also determine the language being spoken from soundless video images.

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One response to “Facebook’s new Indian languages, bilingual politics in Belgium, and a new development in lip-reading

  1. What are the lip tags for anyway? Shouldn’t there be names under it to describe the picture? 🙂

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