LINGUIST List 32.2839

Mon Sep 06 2021

Confs: Typology/USA

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 02-Sep-2021
From: Shobhana Chelliah <>
Subject: Increasing Engagement with the Computational Resource for South Asian Languages (CoRSAL) through Social Media
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Increasing Engagement with the Computational Resource for South Asian Languages (CoRSAL) through Social Media
Short Title: CoRSAL V

Date: 01-Oct-2021 - 01-Oct-2021
Location: Denton, USA
Contact: Shobhana Chelliah
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Linguistic Field(s): Typology

Meeting Description:

Social media plays a significant role in language revitalization efforts. We learn more about this through our keynote address by Brook Danielle Lillehaugen. CoRSAL depositors share how they are using social media to increase engagement with their collections. We introduce the CoRSAL Excellence Fund. We share news of our new collections and future plans.


8:00: Doors open
8:30-9:00: Greetings, Recap of our year
9:00-10:00: Keynote: Lillehaugen, Connecting digital language corpora and stakeholders through social media
10:00-10:15: CoRSAL Excellence Fund inauguration
10:20-10:40: Social Media and CoRSAL, Merrion Dale
10:45-11:15: Panel discussion about use of social media for revitalization/archives
Ken Van Bik, Prafulla Basumatary, Marjing Mayanglambam, Maaz Shaikh, (and presentation by Stephen Morey by video)
11:15-11:30: Social Media and the UNT Digital Library, Mark Phillips
11:30-11:45 Plans for the future, Oksana Zavalina, Sadaf Munshi
11:45-12:00 Closing and thanks

Connecting digital language corpora and stakeholders through social media
Brook Danielle Lillehaugen (; blillehaugen)

Social media sites, such as Instagram and Twitter, have become spaces of digital language activism, especially for speakers and learners of marginalized languages (Jany 2018, Lillehaugen 2019, Belmar 2020). At the same time, there are growing numbers of online digital language corpora available, such those for South Asian languages (e.g. available through the CoRSAL archives), languages of Australia (e.g. Digital Daisy Bates), and—as discussed further in this talk—Valley Zapotec languages of Oaxaca, Mexico (through Ticha,).

Ticha: a digital text explorer for Colonial Zapotec (Lillehaugen et al. 2016, Broadwell et al. 2020) is a digital scholarship project committed to co-creation with Zapotec individuals and intentional outreach to the larger Zapotec community. The Ticha website makes a large corpus of Zapotec-language archival manuscripts created between 1560-1750 freely available to the public. Zapotec community members, both scholars and non-academics, use these archival resources for various purposes, including language reclamation (Lopez 2020).

In this talk, I share strategies and results in facilitating intentional educational communities on social media as a means of connecting the digital corpus of Colonial Zapotec language texts with diverse stakeholders including Zapotec language activists, Zapotec speakers and learners more broadly, researchers, and students. While social media may not be appropriate for all language reclamation contexts, in our experience it has been a powerful opportunity for multi-directional learning and a means of subverting traditional colonial boundaries, such as classroom walls (Lillehaugen and Flores-Marcial 2022) and the framing of expertise.

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