LINGUIST List 13.2303

Fri Sep 13 2002

Sum: Open Source Language Learning/Addendum

Editor for this issue: Steve Moran <>


  1. Doug Whalen, Addendum: Open Source Language Learning

Message 1: Addendum: Open Source Language Learning

Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 16:04:05 -0400
From: Doug Whalen <>
Subject: Addendum: Open Source Language Learning

Re Linguist 13.2258 

 One more response just arrived for the query about open-source
language learning resources. Thanks to Dmitri Minaev
(Dmitri.MinaevSamara.BritishCouncil.RU) for this very interesting

Fabula is an easy-to-use program which allows children and teachers to
create their own bilingual, multimedia storybooks complete with
digital photos.

Bilingual stories help children learn other languages by using words,
sounds and pictures to explore the similarities and
differences. Fabula can be used to create stories in any pair of
languages, but the five nation team which worked to develop this
package -- teachers, children, software engineers, translators and
researchers -- is particularly interested in the lesser used languages
of Europe, such as Welsh, Irish, Catalan, Basque and Frisian.

The Fabula software was created using Mozilla. The Maker is built upon
the Editor and is used to create stories. The Reader is built on top
of the Browser and is used for viewing the stories.

We had previously modified the Mozilla source code, but this has
subsequently become unnecessary. Instead, the program is written
entirely in XUL and Javascript.

The website for Fabula resources and instructions is at:

 Doug Whalen DhW
Doug Whalen (
Haskins Laboratories
270 Crown St.
New Haven, CT 06511
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