[lg policy] Fwd: [Linganth] Computer apps for Native language revitalization

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sat Dec 12 15:53:02 UTC 2015

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From: O Neill, Sean P. <seanoneill at ou.edu>
Date: Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 10:30 PM
Subject: [Linganth] Computer apps for Native language revitalization
To: "linganth at listserv.linguistlist.org" <linganth at listserv.linguistlist.org

Subject: Computer apps for Native language revitalization

Many of you who work in the areas of indigenous language revitalization may
be interested in some of the cutting-edge computer applications that are
now available for tribal heritage projects.  The materials that we
linguists produce can easily be put to use for the purposes of teaching
languages in everyday settings—even on iPhones or other touchscreen
apps—creating valuable resources for heritage language learners.  In this
setting, please let me introduce Biagio Arobba of Wave Interactive
software, who has been developing a powerful program he calls the Booklet
Builder; details are given below, including contact information for the

Best wishes,
Sean O'Neill

Sean O'Neill
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Oklahoma

Email: *sean.p.o-neill-1 at ou.edu <sean.p.o-neill-1 at ou.edu>*;
*shiningnationalguitar at gmail.com <shiningnationalguitar at gmail.com>*



The Booklet Builder helps tribal language departments create and manage
experiences in a Native American language. The software runs on a server,
onsite, and it is actually focused more on helping with creative
authorship. What makes this project unique is (1) the concept of a booklet,
and (2) that a language department can send their booklets to third-party
app developers using standards.

The idea is to lower the costs and the turn-around time for creating apps,
so that more experimentation can be done to create engaging experiences for
students. Another benefit is the ability to reuse the content for more than
one app, and the ability to reuse the apps for more than one language. The
software is made from open source and uses standards like JSON and HTTP, so
that many third-party developers could participate including as hobbyists.

This project is not intended for detailed linguistic documentation, though
both types of systems could work hand-in-hand together.

More information about the project, software download, and installation
instructions can be found at: http://www.bookletbuilder.com.

Biagio Arobba
Senior Engineer
Wave Interactive
(402) 697-8010 work
(605) 209-4300 mobile
biagio.arobba at waveinteractive.com

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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