12 Sep 2012
How globalisation, technology and new media are affecting endangered languages in the 21st Century will be addressed at the XVI Foundation for Endangered Languages Conference starting this morning at AUT University.
Professor Tania Ka'ai from AUT University is co-chairing the conference
This is the first time the foundation has held the conference in New Zealand and it is being hosted by Te Ipukarea - The National Māori Language Institute.
Running from September 12 to 15 on AUT’s City Campus, the conference will see presentations from speakers from the Netherlands, India, USA, Ireland, Pakistan, France, Australia and New Zealand, both from AUT as well as other universities.
With a theme of Language Endangerment in the 21st Century: Globalisation, Technology and New Media, topics to be discussed include the role of technology in measuring the changes in Māori pronunciation, technology and endangered languages, Facebook and endangered languages and the idea of ‘Media Tongue’ replacing Mother Tongue.
During the three days there will be six sessions, with the themes of:
- Session 1: Technology and Cultural Knowledge: Documentation Transmission and Resource
- Session 2: Television and Endangered Languages
- Session 3: Technology: Archiving, Lexicography, Translation, Databases
- Session 4: Technology: Teaching and Learning Endangered Languages
- Session 5: Social Media, Press and Endangered Languages
- Session 6: Multiple perspectives on language endangerment in the 21st century
The conference will be opened by MP for Waiariki, Te Ururoa Flavell, and will be chaired by Professor Tania Ka’ai, Director of AUT’s Te Ipukarea, as well as Nicholas Ostler of the Foundation for Endangered Languages.
The aim of the conference is to explore the ever-changing environment of social change, driven by technology, new media and social media networking and how this will both hinder, affect and help endangered languages.
The Foundation for Endangered Languages
AUT’s Te Ipukarea
For more information or media queries please contact Caitlin Madden 021 241 4705