Basque second most tweeted minority language on Twitter

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Basque second most tweeted minority language on Twitter

Olwen Mears

eitb.com

04/15/2011

According to the website Indigenous Tweets, nearly 4000 Twitter account holders post their tweets mostly in Basque, second only to the number of Haitian Creole tweeters, more than 7000 in total.

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Twitter has become "a home for minority language communities" reports fastcompany.com, quoting the BBC World Service.

The Social network already boasts a large number of non-English speaking users, though the extent to which minority, and in some cases almost extinct languages would find a voice on Twitter could not have been foreseen.

The website Indigenous Tweets, created by computational linguistics professor Kevin Patrick Scannell, features of list of 70 minority languages, ranging from "better-known tongues" such as Haitian Creole and the Basque language Euskera (that rate in first and second place respectively followed by third place Welsh) to Australian indigenous language Gamilaraay of which, says fastcompany.com, there are only three surviving speakers.

Scannell apparently hopes that Indigenous Tweets will "help build online language communities through Twitter".

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