INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE APP WORKSHOP

On the 20th May, the MLT held a workshop for South Australian indigenous community members on current language apps for use in language maintenance and revival.

MLT_1.jpg

Dr Bruce Birch, developer of the Ma! Iwaitja software delivered a full day workshop covering the latest developments in a number of platforms. These apps can be downloaded for use on mobile phones, iPads and tablets .

MLT_3.jpg

They enable community linguists to record speakers and for language learners to view dictionaries / vocabularies and other materials that have been prepared by linguists and communities. Representatives from 8 language groups travelled from regional and remote areas to attend. A number of ideas for projects evolved during the workshop and, subject to funding, will be pursued in the future.

More information about Dr Bruce Birch's work can be found here.

Will Fisher