ELL: On software for Basque and other lgs ("support")
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Tue Jul 13 14:36:27 UTC 1999
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From: Jokin Garatea <garatea at gaia.es>
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Subject: Re: ELL: On software for Basque and other lgs
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Marion Gunn wrote:
> Scr.obh Trond Trosterud <Trond.Trosterud at hum.uit.no>:
> >Seen in this perspective the question of who paid for what is
> >All other lgs with small or poor user communities should be
> glad for the
> >achievements of Basque and Icelandic this spring. I would like
> to see some
> >concrete discussion on this list as to #how# this was
> achieved, and #how#
I have nothing against MS or whatever other company. But this is
not, in my
opinion, the best way to promote the use of endangered languages
use of telematic means. If all the promotional actions are to
companies to translate their almost "monopolistic" tools, forget
lg industries, if ther is any.
Minority lgs need a clear strategy to survive developing their
with the help, or not, of big companies and with the help, by
sure, of their
local administrations. This is a clear statement that we in the
are trying to undertake with the, very important, help of our
As far as I know, most of endangered lgs lack of local
administrations able to
help them, so, are they condemmned to loose their technology
train and also
their lg?. For, as far as I see, they will not able to
subcontract a big
company and neither to promote their own industry.
The solution to this. I do not know. However we are trying to
Rapid convergence of hitherto separate technologies are already
nature of work and organisations. Versatile applications of
emerging technologies are being demonstrated in educational and
situation and it is no longer possible to ignore serious
consideration of their
deployment in the minority languages.
We, in GAIA, based on our experience in this field and according
to the lack of
beneficial results in the different program implementation for
languages, have based our strategy in those three different
1. Marketing of Minority Languages.
2. Concretion of the role of the Education Centres.
3. Build up an important industry sector of marketable IT and Multimedia
products addressed to minority languages.
This approach does not mean to subcontract any tool. That means short term.
Our language has survived to a lot of problems, among them a strong
dictatorship, we are taking advantage of different programmes to finance our
activities in that field. And it if is not easy for us, eventhough we can
with our administration, what about other languages?.
Our approach is not the best of course. It will take more than approaches to
keep most European Minority Languages from becoming extinct. If all it took
approaches, then the minority languages would not be in the sad condition that
most of them are in now because many of them have been exposed to approaches.
What then? Lots of different approaches have been tried. These are not
startling innovations; what we need is a critical mass of committed people,
this critical mass can only be created through continuous capillary
infiltration of information and encouragement. Our approach is intended to be
part of such an effort.
We look forward hearing about other experiences and also about other
institutions eager to participate in our different lines of working.
> So would I.
> >more lgs could be provided with software of different kinds.
> >Trond Trosterud
> Marion Gunn <mgunn at ucd.ie>
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