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This is an Open submission for Wikimania 2017 that has not yet been reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. L0007
Title of your submission

Every language in the world

Type of submission 

Lightning talk

Author of the submission

Daniel Bogre Udell

Language of presentation

English

E-mail address

daniel@wikitongues.org

Username

dbudell

Country of origin

United States

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Wikitongues

Wikimedia Commons

Personal homepage or blog

Personal twitter

(I am starting a personal blog soon!)

Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

English

Despite the growing conversation about endangered and minority languages, popular discourse about the phenomenon of language loss seldom focuses on the positive gains made in recent years. Thanks to changing social attitudes, more accommodating political environments, and perhaps most importantly, the increasing availability of the internet and digital tools, cultural activists from around the world are making big gains toward preserving, sharing, and in some cases, reviving, endangered and minority languages. This lightning talk will be an introduction to the growing movement of individuals, communities, and organizations dedicated to sustaining and raising awareness about linguistic diversity. In particular, it will focus on the activities coordinated by Wikitongues, an open source platform for every language in the world. We work to collect oral histories and word lists in the world's more than 7,000 languages and share this content under creative commons licensing. We also develop free and open source tools to aid grassroots language documentation efforts. This presentation will discuss how our community leverages contemporary technology to connect and empower language activists, as well as work toward our goal of integrating language activism and the free knowledge movement.

Français

Malgré une prise de conscience grandissante concernant les langues menacées et minoritaires, il est rarement fait mention des progrès accomplis ces dernières années dans ce domaine. Grace à un éveil social, à un climat politique plus accommodant et peut être de manière plus significative, à une accessibilité accrue à internet et aux plateformes numériques, des activistes dans le monde entier font de grands progrès pour préserver, partager et dans certains cas, ressusciter des langues en voie d’extinction. La conversation rendue possible par ces actions sera une introduction à un mouvement grandissant d’individus, communautés et associations dédiés au maintien et à la promotion de la diversité linguistique. Plus particulièrement, nous nous concentrerons sur les actions coordonnées par Wikitongues, une plate-forme open source pour toutes les langues du monde. Nous travaillons à collecter des enregistrements audios et listes de termes dans plus de 7000 langues afin de partager ce contenu sous forme de bases de données licenciées Creative Commons. Nous développons également des outils gratuits et open source pour faciliter la documentation linguistique à tous les niveaux (individus, communautés, associations). Cette présentation mettra en lumière comment notre communauté s’appuie sur les technologies à disposition pour connecter et responsabiliser les activistes impliqués dans la préservation des langues, et comment ces même outils et méthodes peuvent nous aider à atteindre notre but: intégrer l’activisme linguistique et le mouvement du œuvre libre.

What will attendees take away from this session?

Attendees of this Lightning Talk will:

  • Learn how different communities are leveraging digital tools to preserve, share, and grow their languages
  • Learn about the growing network of organizations and institutions working to assist language activism around the world
  • Learn how to get involved with existing grassroots language documentation efforts, or start their own
Theme of presentation

Technology, Interface & Infrastructure

Length of submission

All lightning talks are 5 minutes.

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?

Yes

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