Native Languages of the Southwest at UT Arlington
From the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop; the Alabama group, with UT Arlington Linguistics &Student Lori McLain Pierce

Department of Linguistics & TESOL | The University of Texas at Arlington

CoLang 2014: Institute on Collaborative Language Research



Using Technology for Language Documentation and Revitalization in Digital Domains


Location: Trimble Hall 115
Week 2: Tuesday, June 24-Friday, June 27
Period 2: 10:15-11:45 am

Using the Cherokee Nation’s language program as an example, the workshop will detail the methods used to incorporate digital technology into language documentation and revitalization efforts. The course will discuss data gathering using smart devices, translation methods, creation of useable content, localizing software in your language, fonts, keyboards, and Unicode standardization. By the conclusion of the workshop, students will have a firm grasp of the process and tools needed to use their languages in digital media by firmly understanding the importance of documenting languages digitally, localizing procedures for large translation projects, and the encoding of languages through development of digital input methods (hardware and software keyboards, glyphs, scripts, and font technologies, for example).

The course will consist of discussions of available technology for language revitalization programs, including the pros and cons of such technology. It will also consist of hands on experience with software packages that allow users to create fonts and keyboard input methods. By using the Cherokee Nation’s language programs as an example, students will be exposed to real world scenarios of how applying digital technology to language initiatives were successful. It is recommended attendees have a working knowledge of technology including, but not limited to, word processing, basic understanding of internet technology, basic audio/video recording, and basic graphics knowledge.


Roy Boney, Jr. - Click here to view his biography.
Candessa Tehee - Click here to view her biography.