ERIC Number: ED428931
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Enhancing Language Material Availability Using Computers.
Miyashita, Mizuki; Moll, Laura A.
This paper describes the use of computer technology to produce an updated online Tohono O'odham dictionary. Spoken in southern Arizona and northern Mexico, Tohono O'odham (formerly Papago) and its close relative Akimel O'odham (Pima) had a total of about 25,000 speakers in 1988. Although the language is taught to school children through community and formal education, these language stabilization efforts have been ineffective due to limited availability of materials and qualified teachers and the fact that Tohono O'odham is not spoken in most homes. Two Tohono O'odham dictionaries are currently used by language learners and scholars--the Mathiot dictionary and the Saxton, Saxton, and Enos dictionary. Each has weaknesses and strengths; neither is written in the Alvarez-Hale writing system, the official orthography of the Tohono O'odham Nation. The Tohono O'odham Dictionary Working Group aims to combine these dictionaries, using the Alvarez-Hale orthography. In a preliminary project, the more comprehensive Mathiot dictionary, which is out of print, is being made accessible online. Project steps include gaining permission of the copyright holder; scanning the text and making formatting changes to regularize the text; proofreading and correcting main entries; generating a Tohono O'odham spell-checking program to correct the rest of the text; converting to the Alvarez-Hale orthography; and creating a searchable Web page. Project benefits and future related projects are discussed. (SV)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Dictionaries, Information Processing, Language Maintenance, Material Development, Papago, Second Language Instruction, Tohono O Odham People
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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