[RNLD] Linguistics in the pub: Crowd Sourcing 10th June 2014

Ruth Singer ruth.singer at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 3 11:06:51 UTC 2014

Linguistics in the pub: Crowd Sourcing and Endangered Language
Documentation projects

 In the last few years there has been massive growth in the popularity of
the 'crowd funding' project model. In arts and technology the rise of sites
like Kickstarter <http://kickstarter.com/> and IndieGoGo
<https://www.indiegogo.com/> allow individuals to directly support an idea
or a project they believe in, often with a small reward to thank them for
their contribution. This model has been used for a number of projects
involving endangered languages, to varying degrees of success, including
Canary Islands whistle language
Nanumea <http://www.pozible.com/project/4575> (Tuvalu), and the Endangered
Alphabets Project
Although many of these are broader in scope than language documentation
projects, they point to the possibility of looking to crowd sourcing in a
future of limited formal support for endangered language documentation.

In this LIP we look at the viability of such a model and the challenges it
brings to a project. Please feel free to bring additional examples, both
successful and not, to illustrate the discussion.

Date:             Tuesday 10th June 2014
Time:             6:00 - 8:00 pm
Venue:           Upstairs room, Prince Alfred Hotel

191 Grattan St, Carlton

(corner of Bouverie St)

ph (03) 9347-3033

Food and drinks available at the venue

LIP is coordinated by Ruth Singer and Lauren Gawne (University of Melbourne)

Contact  Ruth Singer if you have any questions rsinger at unimelb.edu.au

LIP is an occasional gathering of language activists and linguists in
Melbourne. All are welcome. Those in other parts of Australia and the
world who can't make it to the Melbourne LIPs are encouraged to
organise a local gathering to discuss this topic and support language
activities in your area.

Dr Ruth Singer
DECRA Postdoctoral Fellow
Linguistics Program and Research Unit for Indigenous Language
School of Languages and Linguistics
Faculty of Arts
University of Melbourne 3010
Tel. +61 3 90353774
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