[lg policy] Indigenous Language Institute: Native Language News

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 13 13:56:32 UTC 2012

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Date: Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Indigenous Language Institute: Native Language News

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        *ILI Collaborates with Google for the*
*Endangered Languages Project*

Google and 29 other organizations including the Indigenous Language
Institute form the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity that launched a
website called the Endangered Languages Project
an online collaborative effort to protect global linguistic diversity.

The Endangered Languages Project is an online resource to record, access,
and share samples of and research on endangered languages, as well as to
share advice and best practices for those working to document or strengthen
languages under threat. On the main page you can click on a dot on the
interactive map and find a language where you can see videos, hear audio
samples, or review Google books or articles.

ILI is serving on the project’s Advisory Committee, helping make the site a
place where communities can post their materials to make it content-rich.
site is a work in progress and as of today, many language websites contain
little content. It is designed to collect information from a diverse array
of sources, from indigenous language speakers to linguistics scholars.

One of the goals of this project that ILI is focusing on is to ensure active,
dynamic participation by indigenous communities, indigenous language programs
and practitioners. It is important to collectively build the content with
information, samples (language videos, audios, language materials,
white papers,
websites), etc. that can be shared across communities. The Google project
team has made the interactive and participation process user-friendly. You
can upload digital video and audio files, YouTube videos, and PDF
documents right

“ILI is proud to be associated with Google on this important initiative,
which we believe will be of immense use to Native Language teachers,
activists and learners,” said ILI Board of Directors President Gerald L.
Hill (Oneida).

The Indigenous Language Institute has worked with Google since 2011
providing audio clips, video clips and other language resources for this
site. Some of the videos are the Digital Stories some of you have created
at ILI’s technology workshops and on your own, which ILI is sharing widely.
By entering the language in the Search box, you may find your Digital
Story! We believe this will encourage other language activists to create
and share their own.

Check out the website

Inée Y. Slaughter
Executive Director
Indigenous Language Institute
        1501 Cerrillos Road U-Building | Santa Fe, NM 87505 US

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