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May 22, 2012 11:45 AM   Subscribe

Indigenous Tweets: Catalogue of Twitter users writing in minority or endangered languages. From that list, it is an easy couple of links to the inevitable Friday Night Lights recaps written in Breton. (Subsite: Indigenous Blogs.)
posted by joeclark (9 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
I love this! Thanks!
posted by gubo at 12:05 PM on May 22, 2012


There are several languages in which there is only person tweeting in that langauge.
How does that work? He is tweeting to himself? Strange.
posted by Flood at 12:12 PM on May 22, 2012


I always assumed Breton was similar to Welsh but it looks like a bucket load of k's and z's to me.
posted by run"monty at 12:32 PM on May 22, 2012


This is really cool. I'm guessing there are as many mispellings and abbreviations in these languages as there are in English language twitter, so it would be challenging as a learning tool.
posted by Think_Long at 12:38 PM on May 22, 2012


This is fascinating! It's interesting that the most common languages (the ones at the top of the list) often include a specialized Twitter account designed to promote the language (often by retweeting what other users write in the language) or provide specific information to speakers (like this Haitian Creole feed of news about cyclones).
posted by jeudi at 12:40 PM on May 22, 2012


I always assumed Breton was similar to Welsh but it looks like a bucket load of k's and z's to me.

Breton is Welsh (well, Cornish, really) spelled by drunken Frenchmen! Once you learn how the letters correspond (e.g. Welsh th to Breton zh) you can puzzle out a lot of it. This may actually get me to watch Friday Night Lights just so I can practice my crappy Breton.
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 12:42 PM on May 22, 2012


The localised headings are a nice touch - tapadh leatsa.
Breton is Welsh (well, Cornish, really) spelled by drunken Frenchmen!
... and once you know the typical spelling changes between P- and Q-Celtic languages a lot of Welsh words start to make some sense to your average Gáidhlig speaker.

Also, I've heard similar comments made comparing Estonian to Finnish. Such languages lie just outside the valley of mutual intelligibility and so humour and bewilderment rule.
posted by Talkie Toaster at 12:47 PM on May 22, 2012


This is a great idea. I wonder if there's any way to see beyond the top 500 users for a language.
posted by TwoWordReview at 1:27 PM on May 22, 2012


And I was JUST about to use an Ask to inquire if anyone knew where I could find recaps of Friday Night Lights in Breton. Thanks, Metafilter!
posted by mreleganza at 1:33 PM on May 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


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