[RNLD] PhD on language revitalization

Cat Kutay cat.kutay at gmail.com
Tue Jun 20 21:44:43 EDT 2017


We have this in the Dharug app but we are updating that at present.
It is set up to link to a toolbox wordlist, and the images that another
language group may have for their words

It uses an image and the word sound to avoid the written version
This is linked to a wordlist with the images to reduce ambiguity :-)


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From:  Claire Bowern <clairebowern at gmail.com>
Date:  Tuesday, 20 June 2017 11:23 pm
To:  Lameen Souag <lameen at gmail.com>
Cc:  "Brookes, Tim" <brookes at champlain.edu>, "r-n-l-d at lists.unimelb.edu.au"
<r-n-l-d at lists.unimelb.edu.au>
Subject:  Re: [RNLD] PhD on language revitalization

We have a variant of this game where the puzzles are 3 pieces, with short
words that name the picture. It’s a huge hit.

> On Jun 20, 2017, at 6:01 AM, Lameen Souag <lameen at gmail.com> wrote:
> PS Here's a URL for the game:
> http://www.jarir.com/kids-development/learning-aids/reading-writing-aids/frank
> -puzzles-282028.html
> On 20 June 2017 at 11:59, Lameen Souag <lameen at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear Tim,
>> My 2-year-old son rather enjoys a game (in Arabic, made by a company called
>> Frank) that I think qualifies on all these points.  Basically, it consists of
>> a set of 2-piece puzzles, with the letter on one piece and a picture of
>> something beginning with it on the other.  The game is, for each piece, to
>> find its opposite number and put the two together, while saying the name of
>> the letter and of the item in the picture.  It's surely possible to make the
>> rules of the game more sophisticated, but for a 2-year-old this is plenty!
>> Of course, for best results one of the players needs to know the letters
>> already, which I imagine is an issue in this case.  But if the pictures are
>> sufficiently unambiguous that might not be absolutely necessary.
>> Best wishes
>> Lameen
>> On 19 June 2017 at 15:58, Brookes, Tim <brookes at champlain.edu> wrote:
>>> Dear Julia, Ghil'ad, and other members of this list:
>>> I'm delighted to hear (as, I'm sure, is David) both your institutions offer
>>> a PhD in language revitalization--a shining and somewhat rare illustration
>>> of the academic world moving beyond studying such issues to the point where
>>> you are equipping your graduates with the capacity to contribute to valuable
>>> change.
>>> Along those lines, I'm in the process of designing a series of children's
>>> games that aim to provide fun while teaching children in indigenous/minority
>>> communities the basics of their own writing systems, starting with Mro,
>>> Marma and Chakma children at three mother-tongue schools in the Chittagong
>>> Hill Tracts in Bangladesh.
>>> I would love to hear from any of the members of this list, your colleagues
>>> or your students, if you have any suggestions--or, indeed, you'd like to
>>> warn me against possible pitfalls, especially if you've had the invaluable
>>> experience of having fallen into them yourselves!
>>> As you'd imagine, the main criteria are that the games:
>>> * involve as little capital expenditure as possible;
>>> * be as durable as possible;
>>> * have sufficient flexibility that the children might adapt them or even
>>> invent their own ways of playing them;
>>> * function in areas where there is no electricity, and
>>> * are sufficiently self-sustaining that they work even if children have
>>> little or no exposure to their own writing system under other everyday
>>> circumstances.
>>> Thanks for your help, and best wishes to you all in your valuable work.
>>> Tim Brookes
>>> Founder, the Endangered Alphabets Project
>>> www.endangeredalphabets.com <http://www.endangeredalphabets.com/>
>>> https://www.facebook.com/tim.brookes.92
>>> On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 5:49 AM, Julia Sallabank <js72 at soas.ac.uk> wrote:
>>>> Dear David
>>>> You're welcome to apply for a PhD at SOAS, University of London, where we
>>>> specialise in language documentation, description and revitalisation. We
>>>> have some scholarships for PhD or MA+PhD studies: see
>>>> https://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/scholarships/economic-and-social-research-c
>>>> ouncil-esrc-studentships.html
>>>> For funding for a description-based study see
>>>> http://www.eldp.net/en/apply/grant+types/   (NB ELDP grants cover fieldwork
>>>> costs only, not fees, and exclude language revitalisation).
>>>> The deadline for PhD applications for entry in October is 30 June, but if
>>>> you're interested in a scholarship you would have to wait until the
>>>> following academic year.
>>>> As with the University of Adelaide, we would expect you to have a
>>>> fully-developed research proposal before applying, but we're happy to
>>>> discuss draft proposals with applicants.
>>>> Best wishes
>>>> Julia
>>>> On 19 June 2017 at 08:43, David Valls <davidvalls at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> Dear members,
>>>>> I assisted at the First International Conference on Revitalization of
>>>>> Indigenous and Minoritized Languages in Barcelona.
>>>>> I hold a BA on linguistics (University Barcelona), and a MA on linguistics
>>>>> (University Leiden).
>>>>> As a Catalan native speaker and as linguist I’ve been always very
>>>>> interested in language revitalization, language contact, as well as I'm
>>>>> interested in language description.
>>>>> http://www.academia.edu/23400897/A_grammar_sketch_of_the_Bugis_language
>>>>> <https://mailtrack.io/trace/link/7570b458e1d5448948ae3fd44d9a04085a0c72e6?
>>>>> url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.academia.edu%2F23400897%2FA_grammar_sketch_of_the_Bug
>>>>> is_language&userId=59615&signature=a71c72f7349444ac>
>>>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-8jwR9Cj68
>>>>> <https://mailtrack.io/trace/link/a4a98e8edacaa51d3fe1ef6b8edf811e30e616ae?
>>>>> url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D7-8jwR9Cj68&userId=59615&s
>>>>> ignature=a9cec0402b9521c7>  (w/ English subtitles)
>>>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCRm6RzxTZ0
>>>>> <https://mailtrack.io/trace/link/b6f7f40a5dabb3a51c9b2715837ce9f846655b16?
>>>>> url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DsCRm6RzxTZ0&userId=59615&s
>>>>> ignature=f5642d1dbd454066>  (w/ English subtitles)
>>>>> My aim would be to work, by taking preferably a PhD, on a realistic
>>>>> language revitalization process and project. As a Catalan and linguist I
>>>>> can bring all my experience and expertise.
>>>>> So, I am looking for someone to help me out on this task (i.e. tutor,
>>>>> university, and a comunity willing to recover its language and give it a
>>>>> push).
>>>>> All the best,
>>>>> David Valls
>>>>> ​​
>>>>>      <https://mailtrack.io/>   Enviat amb Mailtrack
>>>>> <https://mailtrack.io/install?source=signature&lang=ca&referral=davidvalls
>>>>> @gmail.com&idSignature=25>
>>>> -- 
>>>> Dr. Julia Sallabank
>>>> Reader in Language Policy and Revitalisation,
>>>> SOAS, University of London,
>>>> London WC1H 0XG, UK
>>>> Tel. +44 (0)20 7898 4326 <tel:+44%2020%207898%204326>

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