[EDLING:110] Taiwan: Plan mulled to revitalize indigenous language
Francis M. Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Sun May 13 13:30:12 UTC 2007
Plan mulled to revitalize indigenous language
The government is planning to launch a six-year indigenous language
revitalization plan aimed at conserving and revitalizing dying aboriginal
mother tongues, the Council of Indigenous People (CIP) reported yesterday.
Under the language revitalization plan, expected to kick off next year, efforts
will be made to help convert indigenous people's verbal languages to written
texts, said Wang Chiou-i, chief of the CIP Education and Culture Department.
Wang said it would take immense government resources to collect and preserve
the indigenous mother tongues, some of which are on the brink of extinction,
before transforming them into dictionaries or digital archives.
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