Created in March 2019, ourELK-Tech(Endangered Language Knowledge and Technology) group brings together people in linguistics, applied linguistics,
Indigenous studies, geography & environmental studies, computer science, and information
technology, working in partnership with global endangered language communities. We are
based at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
To adapt and develop, in partnership with endangered language communities, digital tools that:
are easy to access and simple to use
are relevant to the everyday lives of community members
support collaborative language learning and documentation
encourage social interactions and relationships
require minimal technological resources
The ELK Centre (projected completion date: Summer 2022)
We are currently setting up an Endangered Language Knowledge Sharing and Research Centre (ELK Centre) at Carleton University a space to facilitate, adapt and develop digital tools that enable endangered language communities in their aspirations and efforts to document and revitalize their languages.
The ELK Centre will:
be an inclusive and welcoming space that brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge and practices
serve as a space to develop and strengthen respectful relationships between researchers and Indigenous and minority language communities, leading to collaborative development of language-related technologies
be a place where community members with a commitment to documenting, maintaining and revitalizing their language can test novel digital language tools, interact with tool developers, and learn about the technology involved
consist of a meeting room outfitted with an Indigenous-crafted meeting table and remote networking equipment, and a technology lab with computer hardware and workstations, allowing for design, development, testing, and networking activities to take place in a welcoming and productive environment
supply portable computing and recording devices to be used off-campus in language communities
Our first event was a two-day gathering at Carleton University on Sept. 27th and 28th, 2019 where we explored user experiences with existing digital tools and considered additional tools and features desired by language communities.
Erik Anonby and Rebekah Ingram presented two collaborative papers by ELK-Tech members, "Surveying Digital Tools for Endangered Languages" and "The Ahsentati Three-Sided Model: a wholistic approach to language loss and revitalization using the Haudenosaunee Ash Basketry Example", at the Foundation for Endangered Languages conference (FELXXIII) in Sydney, Australia, December 13-16, 2019.
To contact us, please email Erik, Kumiko or David by clicking their names above.
School of Linguistics and Language Studies
1125 Colonel By Drive
Canada K1S 5B6
Digital Tools for Endangered Languages: Listening, Learning and Looking Ahead (past event)
On September 27th and 28th we hosted a gathering of people involved in language documentation and revitalization. Invited participants included language educators, program administrators and researchers working on language documentation and technology. We shared our knowledge and experiences with existing digital language tools (computer software, apps, etc.) and considered additional tools and features desired by language communities. Click here for the conference program.
The following invited speakers and ELK-Tech members gave presentations at the meeting:
Antti Arppe, ALTLab, University of Alberta
Brad McDonnell, University of Hawaii at Mānoa
Guy McAuliffe and Dennis Patrick, First Voices, BC
Steven Bird (by video), Charles Darwin University [Link]
Amos Hayes (ELK-Tech), Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre
Mike Barker and Mercedes Veselka (ELK-Tech), School of Linguistics and Language Studies
Rebekah Ingram (ELK-Tech), School of Linguistics and Language Studies
A report of the meeting (with photographs) can be found on the website of Carleton's School of Linguistics and Language Studies.