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Nov
16
Leader of the Solomon Islands BTLP will be missed. David Tago was born at Lavagu village in West Rennell, Solomon Islands. He grew up in a Christian family and was baptised in the SSEC church. He served in the SSEC church in many different ways during his life. David attended primary school on...
Aug
15
Our partner organization, Papua New Guinea Bible Translation Association has welcomed their new Director, Tony Kotauga. This story is taken from the July issue of the PNG BTA publication, In Our Words . The PNG Bible Translation Association (BTA) welcomed its third appointed Director, Mr Tony...
May
15
Sign language becomes an official language in PNG Papua New Guinea's government has officially endorsed sign language as the country's fourth official language, alongside English, Tok Pisin and Motu. The religion, youth and community development minister, Delilah Gore, says this will allow speech...
Oct
14
On 4 September 2014 the Vanuatu Bible Translation (VBT) organisation presented the Vanuatu National Archives with six local language New Testaments and a grammar description of the Uluveo language. The New Testaments are the product of many years of labour in the languages of Tangoa, Uripiv, Uluveo...
Apr
14
(April 2014) In a recent special program at Solomon Islands National Parliament, the Prime Minster, Speaker of Parliament and Members of Parliament acknowledged the newly-completed translation of the New Testament into Kwaio, one of the nation’s seventy-one living languages . The Solomon Islands...
Mar
14
(March 2014) Though separated by continents and oceans, two communities committed to developing their languages have recently taken a significant step towards the same goal: creating a dictionary for their language. Kaansa speakers in Burkina Faso and Malango speakers in the Solomon Islands...
Jan
14
(January 2014) Mother tongue speakers of a language may converse, joke or compose poetry with ease, but few of us have actually analyzed the structures we intuitively use. For language development practitioners, the opportunity to study the grammatical structures of their own language can provide...
Dec
13
(December 2013) A new dictionary describes the language and culture of a Solomon Islands’ community. A Dictionary of Owa: A Language of the Solomon Islands , just published by De Gruyter, is the result of many years of dedicated work by a team that included both Owa speakers and linguistic advisors...
Nov
13
(November 2013) Recently, over three hundred educators and policy makers from across Asia and the Pacific gathered in Bangkok with one goal in mind: making effective learning opportunities available to all children. In a region with more than 3,600 languages, that goal represents a profound...
Aug
13
(August 2013) A UNESCO Media Workshop brought together media practitioners to discuss media production in PNG. Hosted by the Centre for Social and Creative Media at the University of Goroka, Papua New Guinea, the twelve attendees addressed the question: “What is needed to conduct an effective media...