February 27, 2012

Article: Newly Unveiled Talking Dictionaries Aim To Document, Preserve Endangered Languages

From http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/books/newly-unveiled-talking-dictionaries-aim-to-document-preserve-endangered-languages-139527703.html

Newly unveiled talking dictionaries aim to document, preserve endangered languages
By: The Canadian Press
February 17, 2012

Linguists at National Geographic are taking the digital route in their efforts to both document and help preserve endangered languages.

Eight new talking dictionaries were unveiled at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver on Friday.

The dictionaries contain more than 32,000 word entries in eight endangered languages. They comprise more than 24,000 audio recordings of native speakers pronouncing words and sentences, along with photos of cultural objects.

Read the entire article at http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/books/newly-unveiled-talking-dictionaries-aim-to-document-preserve-endangered-languages-139527703.html

Read a related article about the talking dictionaries and social media use for language revitalization at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17081573

Read another article about social media and endangered languages at http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/02/18/facebook-and-twitter-could-save-rare-languages_n_1286587.html

Read more about social media and Ojibwe or Anishinaabemowin in particular at http://www.healthcanal.com/life-style-fitness/26778-How-social-media-help-save-endangered-language.html

One more related article with a special focus on YouTube is available at http://www.care2.com/causes/3-endangered-languages-preserved-on-youtube-video-slideshow.html

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