Archive for the ‘field work’ Category

App for collecting oral literature

24 April 2013

If you have enough of a source language and accompanying translation, you can piece back together vital parts of a language if a time comes when it is no longer spoken. Collecting that data can be hard work, however.

To address the difficulties of collecting oral language, Language Preservation 2.0 (lp20) has created Aikuma, a free app for Android smartphones that linguists and community members themselves can use to record language with a function to stop along the way and provide a translation.

Read more about the app, and about Tembé/Tenetehára (tqb) and Usarufa (usa), in the article “Recording the world’s vanishing voices.”

News in Brief: High school students in New Zealand and Lithuania, languages on Wikipedia

20 April 2011

19 Saskatchewan students to visit New Zealand on cultural exchange, trip to include Māori (mri) language learning centers:  ‘Chance of a lifetime’ awaits N.Z.-bound Oskayak students

High school graduate to study status of Karaim (kdr): Endangered Language Research Project

Some endangered languages have a relatively large number of Wikipedia articles: The Linguistic Geography of the WikipediaEndangered Languages and the Wikipedia

Inuktun Language in Peril from Global Warming

13 August 2010

Spoken in northwest Greenland, Inuktun is a dialect of Inuktitut (kal) considered to have remained more isolated than other dialects. The Inuktitut language is a part of the Inuit family and Ethnologue reports that Inuktitut dialects are borderline separate langauges.

According to a nanoSapiens article, Cambridge researcher Stephen Pax Leonard is on his way to spend a year with the Inughuit people to study the Inuktun language. According to the article, if global warming trends continue, the Inughuit will have to move in another decade or so, which may lead to Inuktun going silent.