Social-Media Booms in Ways Valuable to Native Language Revitalization

Phil Cash Cash (Cayuse, Nez Perce), who is very active on the ILAT: Indigenous Languages & Technology mailing list, was recently interviewed by RisingVoices giving a statement that social-media is influential in helping Native languages. He mentions he encountered one of the last 20-25 speakers of Nez Perce on Google Talk, and conversed with him in the language via text.

Meanwhile, the service Yiip premiered recently on the iPhone, which allows one to record short, Twitter-like statements only audio, and Facebook debuted a translate tool, for decoding posts written in other languages powered by Microsoft Bing. Such has exciting potential for Native languages, as Indigenous Tweets and Microsoft’s Local Language Program have shown great promise.

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