Associate Professor Steven Bird with two workshop participants learning how to use the digital voice recorders
Mr Philip Tama from the University of Goroka's Language & Literature department recording members of the Alekano Gako Oti'tive group
On Monday, February 8, 2010, a three-day workshop on the preservation of indigenous linguistic heritage via Basic Oral Language Documentation (BOLD) was opened at the
Visiting academic and facilitator Associate Professor Steven Bird, from the
Day one involved demonstration on the use of a digital voice recorder, 35 of which have been donated by Associate Professor Bird to the Language and Literature department through the generosity of
Participants also had practical lessons on how to use the recorders, and practised on each other the new techniques learnt.
The workshop was also attended by representatives of the Alekano Gako Oti’tive (Alekano language revitalisation group) and three volunteers from the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL).
Vice Chancellor of the
Dr Onagi thanked Associate Professor Bird for his interest in coming to UOG and welcomed him to the campus.
He was grateful that Associate Professor Bird could teach staff and students new technology and methodology to record and preserve languages.
Dr Onagi challenged the workshop participants to learn more about their culture via language technology and innovation.
He ended by telling participants that “this is the salvation to dying languages”.
Associate Professor Bird stated that language preservation was at a very exciting moment as it has a lot of new technological solutions appropriate to capture languages before they became extinct.
He was glad to see the university’s support for languages and culture, and was appreciative to help the
The workshop continues until Wednesday, February 10, 2010.
For more information on the BOLD project and the workshop visit http://boldpng.info/