LINGUIST List 11.1314

Tue Jun 13 2000

Calls: Technology and Indigenous Languages

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  1. Nicholas Ostler, Technology and Indigenous Languages

Message 1: Technology and Indigenous Languages

Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2000 21:36:42 +0100
From: Nicholas Ostler <>
Subject: Technology and Indigenous Languages

Call for Papers for Special Issue of Language Learning & Technology

 Theme: Technology and Indigenous Languages

 Guest Editor: Nicholas Ostler

The focus of this special issue of Language Learning & Technology is 
on the means, potential value, and dangers, of providing and using 
communications and information technology for languages that are 
mostly local in use.

* What are the practical difficulties of providing systems in the 
current state of the art?
* When systems are provided, what has been the main value to the 
individuals and communities who can use them?
* Is there an effect on the way in which languages are used in 
smaller communities, and on their prospects for survival?
* With the advent of speech processing and multimedia, what is the 
effect on the acquisition, and use of literacy?
* Who are the major beneficiaries, both within the language 
communities, and outside, in the world of descriptive linguists, 
publishers, software producers and other businesses?
* What are the immediate and longer-term effects, on a language 
community's economy, culture and overall health?

Manuscripts submitted for the special issue should either (a) report
on original research or (b) present an original framework that links
previous research, educational theory, and teaching practices.

Since the focus is on indigenous languages, English, Japanese,
Chinese, Korean and the major languages originating from Western
Europe should not be the exclusive focus of any papers. However,
multilingual issues which involve these languages with others less
widely spoken might be very relevant. And economic development of a
language, rather than speaker population, is the crucial determinant:
so considerations in providing technology for Punjabi or Javanese also
fall within our sphere of interest. But no less would we discount the
cases of Caucasian or Papuan villages.

Since the publication is Language Learning & Technology, the work 
discussed should have a relevance to language learning, but this 
would include second as well as foreign language acquisition.

 Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

 character codes: standards and dissemination
 corpus building, annotation and exploitation
 practical lexicography
 roles for speech processing, both recognition and generation
 effective use of video and multimedia
 multilingual transfer
 effects of IT communication on communities in diaspora
 language technology as a means of documentation
 culture clashes, at the level of
		linguist, language learner or ambient community

Please e-mail an abstract of no more than 500 words, by 31 August 2000, to:
 Nicholas Ostler

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