Investigating the role of digital language resources in the ecology of Australian Indigenous Languages


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Presenter:  Cathy Bow, Research Associate & PhD Candidate, Northern Institute, CDU

Date: Jul 06, 2017

Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Contact person:  Northern Institute
T: 08 8946 7468
E: thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savanna Room)

Target audience:  Open To The Public - All Welcome – Please Share

In this research Cathy aims to investigate the role of digital language resources in the ecology of Australian Indigenous languages, with a focus on two resources in which she has been involved in developing. The Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages is a digital collection of endangered literature in Indigenous languages of the Northern Territory, and the Digital Language Shell project is an online learning management system designed to enable Indigenous authorities to teach their language and culture to interested learners using digital tools.

This research will explore the use and usefulness of these resources as they come to life in pedagogical and other contexts. The evaluation of these resources will identify some of the implicit assumptions of the different users about language and technologies, and how these can work more productively together.

About Cathy Bow
Cathy Bow is a linguist with research experience in both descriptive and applied linguistics. She has described the sound system of an African language, investigated language development in children with impaired hearing, explored endangered language documentation, and researched the language and communication needs of international medical graduates.

Cathy has worked as a teacher of English as an Additional Language, and as a trainer and coach for language learners. She currently works as project manager for the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages, and is currently completing her PhD in digital technologies and Aboriginal languages.

RSVP by Wednesday 05 July 2017 via Outlook or thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au

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