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Speaking with sponsors and background research

posted Feb 10, 2012, 10:07 AM by Matt Fusco   [ updated Feb 10, 2012, 10:08 AM ]
This week when our team spoke to Ms. Slaughter we discovered that the scope of our project would be changing a little. Instead of researching past language preservation efforts and various linguistic journals in order to create a script of phrases for recording and uploading, we were informed that the script would be provided to us. This news is beneficial in two distinct ways. Firstly, it will seriously reduce the amount of work we would need to put into researching the nuances of language preservation and instead we can focus more directly on the application and the website we need to create. This move will also greatly benefit the people of Pojoaque because they will be able to preserve what parts of their language (words, phrases, dialects) that they find important and worthy of preservation.

I also discovered an incredible source on the preservation and education of indigenous languages. “Stabilizing Indigenous Languages” is a collection of essays of some of the best known Native American scholars and linguists (Fishman, Littlebear). These collections of essays provide multiple case studies on language education and methods of better preservation and teaching methods for Native American communities to follow. This source may prove invaluable to our background research and will provide some helpful insight as we start to design our application