Designing for language revitalisation

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Abstract

How do we design technologies, places, and activities that increase the survival prospects of a threatened language? The answer begins and ends with people, especially those who speak the languages in question. Too often, technologies for capturing languages do not offer an effective value proposition that would encourage large-scale participation by linguistic minorities in documenting their languages. A case in point is the Aikuma mobile app for crowdsourcing oral language documentation. I discuss Aikuma before reporting new designerly approaches in the areas of storytelling and language learning. These new approaches address the same challenge as before, only with better value propositions, while promising to deliver language documentation as a byproduct.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the UNESCO Conference on Language Technology for All
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Conference Language Technologies for All - UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
Duration: 4 Dec 20196 Dec 2019
https://en.unesco.org/LT4All

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference Language Technologies for All
Abbreviated titleLT4All
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period4/12/196/12/19
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    Bird, S. (2019). Designing for language revitalisation. In Proceedings of the UNESCO Conference on Language Technology for All European Language Resources Association (ELRA).