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Language Preservation Technologies for
Tribes and Tribal Organizations



Language plays an integral part of a tribe's culture and history. In order to maintain the cultural richness for generations, tribes are searching for ways to preserve or revive their languages. Recent research has shown that over one half of the world's 6,000 languages could be extinct in the next 100 years. During this informative, hands-on class, you'll learn strategies to preserve your tribe's language and prevent language death.

In this two-day class, we'll equip you with the tools you'll need to undertake this monumental project. You'll learn about the latest in language preservation technologies and get hands-on practice in employing basic language preservation techniques. Explore the pros and cons of several available technologies so that you can make an informed decision about which to employ.

Is your tribe or tribal organization seeking funding for language preservation? By becoming well versed in the latest technologies available, you'll be able to strengthen grant applications and increase your chances of submitting a successful application. Is your program on a tight budget? Learn how to maximize output and minimize cost through community involvement with language preservation technologies.

Be a champion of your tribe's language. Register today.
T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Language Technologies
  • Computer programs:
    • Rosetta Stone
    • iPod apps
    • Rez World
    • And others
  • Online vs. offline
  • Recording devices:
    • CD recorders
    • Tape recorders
    • Digital recorders
    • Mp3s
  • Resources online
Community Involvement
  • How to find native speakers
  • Fostering community ownership of the project
  • Making language preservation fun
  • Establishing a feeling of urgency
  • "Socially embedding" language preservation in your community
Enlisting Outside Support
  • Pros and cons of inviting the help of non-native language researchers
  • Engaging with museums and archives
  • Other sources of support
Dealing with Common Challenges
  • English: "killer language" or lingua franca?
  • Lack of funding
  • Flagging community support
  • Community dissonance
  • QWERTY keyboards and orthography issues
  • Languages with few living speakers
The Latest Research
  • Resources to help locate research
  • Making research work for you
  • How to learn from others' successes and challenges
From Preservation to Teaching
  • Identifying suitable teachers
  • Finding prospective students
  • Should you invite non-tribal members to learn your language?
  • Creating an enduring language program
Technology and Language Grants
  • Using technology to strengthen applications
  • Estimating technology costs
  • Identifying realistic goals
  • Measuring progress
Case Studies
  • What has worked and what hasn't
Best Practices Forum

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