[lg policy] Rosetta Stone helps Chitimacha revive language

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 5 15:35:34 UTC 2010

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Indian Country Today

Rosetta Stone helps Chitimacha revive language

The Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana will be breathing new life into its
language with the help of modern technology. The revival is being made
possible with Rosetta Stone software.

Kimberly Waldon, the tribe’s cultural director, said the community had
been trying to bring back the language for about 13 years, more than
50 years after the last Chitimacha speaker in the community died. To
help revitalize the language, the Cultural Department had been using
wax cylinder recordings and field notes made more than 65 years ago by
a linguist. But, that was not effective enough, and Waldon says it was
also too academic for some.

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