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

Dorothea Hoffmann hoffmann.dorothea at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 3 14:12:48 UTC 2014

Dear all,

just to chime in for another example: 'The Penan Children's Book Project'
was successfully crowdfunded in May!


One of the key elements to a successful campaign seems to be the right
presentation, continuous reminders, and professional looks. Blake Paul
Kendall did an excellent job in all of these for this kind of cause.

Maybe it should get us thinking about exercising more varied approaches to
record video in the field to not only capture language and stories, but
also village life and other cultural aspects to use for public awareness
campaigns and fundraising like this.

I wish I could be there for the discussion!


On 3 June 2014 06:06, Ruth Singer <ruth.singer at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> <http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1311405960/exploring-a-whistled-language-lost-and-found-in-t?ref=live>,
> Nanumea <http://www.pozible.com/project/4575> (Tuvalu), and the Endangered
> Alphabets Project
> <https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/endangered-alphabets-ii-saving-languages-in-bangla>.
> 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
> http://languages-linguistics.unimelb.edu.au/academic-staff/ruth-singer
> http://indiglang.arts.unimelb.edu.au/

Dorothea Hoffmann
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