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ERIC Number: ED428928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 26
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Documenting and Maintaining Native American Languages for the 21st Century: The Indiana University Model.
Parks, Douglas R.; Kushner, Julia; Hooper, Wallace; Flavin, Francis; Yellow Bird, Delilah; Ditmar, Selena
This document compiles five short papers that describe the history and implementation of the Arikara Language Project and the Nakoda Language Project, the development of computer tools for language documentation, and the creation of curriculum materials for these and other projects. These papers are: "Genesis of the Project" (Douglas R. Parks); "The White Shield Arikara Language Program" (Delilah Yellow Bird); "Nakoda Language Program at Fort Belknap College" (Selena Ditmar); "The Development of Linguistic Tools at the American Indian Studies Research Institute" (Wallace Hooper, Francis Flavin); and "Tradition and Innovation: Multimedia Language Preservation" (Julia Kushner). The papers describe a multimedia dictionary database program and multimedia language lessons developed for the Arikara, Assiniboine, and Pawnee languages, and the issues involved in developing computerized language lessons for an endangered or moribund language. The multimedia dictionary database was designed to develop "talking" dictionaries that incorporate sound recordings of words in dictionaries. The multimedia lessons will provide a means of studying a language by listening to native voices when there are no longer speakers to serve as language models. The lessons use sound recordings and corrective feedback and follow principles of second-language teaching and learning. Both aspects of the program help document and preserve endangered languages. Contains 25 references and sample computer screens. (Author/SV)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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