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 University of Goroka. The workshop is an exciting step forward from the study of the Alekano language offered to students by the Language and Literature department of UOG.
The University of Goroka is participating in the workshop as part of the BOLD project.
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 Olympus.
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).
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”.
He was glad to see the university’s support for languages and culture, and was appreciative to help the University of Goroka achieve its vision of language promotion and the study and preservation of Melanesian culture.
For more information on the BOLD project and the workshop visit http://boldpng.info/