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Gloss Pictures with Sound Files with LiveAndTell thanks to a Lakota Programmer

mathias | July 5, 2011

32 year old South Dakota based programmer Biagio Arobba (Rosebud Lakota) has built a free, user-generated content site for sharing and learning languages (esp. endangered languages) called LiveAndTell, with accompanying Facebook page, which allows people to tag pictures with sound files. Collaborating with Oglala Lakota College and others to apply for funding through the NSF: [...]

Help Native Languages by Interning as a Linguist over the Summer for SAIVUS and/or VizLingo

mathias | May 10, 2011

The Society to Advance Indigenous Vernaculars of the United States (SAIVUS) is associated with VizLingo, a social-media company above Tumblr., which is creating the world’s first global visual language. Essentially, the program they’re inventing garnishes text with video clips, allowing word definitions (and entire worldviews) to be seen in conjunction with how they are written [...]

Preserving Shoshone and Bannock

mathias | March 26, 2011

In hope of preserving two Numic (Uto-Aztecan) languages of the Great Basin spoken by closely affiliated cultures: Shoshone and Bannock, Mark Gabrylczyk (Blackfoot) presented information on the benefits of immersion at the Blackfoot School District board meeting. Pedagogical tools and language classes are needed for success; the first step is to procure funding. The Shoshone-Bannock [...]

Language Teaching Gets Very Unique in 2011

mathias | March 17, 2011

Language teachers all over the globe are starting to get more creative with their curricula. One noteworthy example of this is the book Mangajin’s Basic Japanese Through Comics, which has students translating speech bubbles in order to get their beloved manga fix. While underrepresented, there has likewise been a surge of creativity in Native language [...]

Lakota Class Taught at the University of Maryland

mathias | March 15, 2011

Native Lakota speaker William Underbaggage (Lakota) is teaching half a dozen highly motivated students and faculty how to speak Lakota at the University of Maryland. If it succeeds, there may be an American Indian Studies program there, with an official Lakota component.

Inupiaq Rosetta Stone Software

mathias | January 20, 2011

Shortly after finishing their Navajo Rosetta Stone software (and numerous software for Native languages in the past: Mohawk, Inuktitut, Chitimacha), Anchorage News reported the Rosetta Stone (Endangered Language Program) founded in 2004 is currently working on Inupiaq language learning software. Their strategy is to send people to record sound files, then a team of three [...]

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