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Myaamia Project part of Google's Endangered Languages Project

06/21/2012

The Myaamia Project at Miami University is a participant in the just-announced Endangered Languages Project, designed for researchers, students and indigenous community members to find and share the most up-to-date and comprehensive information about endangered languages from around the world.

The Myaamia Project, a collaborative program of Miami University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, is a member of the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity, which has been created to help launch the site and includes individuals and organizations that have contributed to this project thus far. The Myaamia Project is also serving on the advisory committee of the Endangered Languages Project.

See Google’s announcement online.

Visitors to the site as well as speakers will have access to language data, audio, text and video samples as well as bibliographic resources. Speakers and academics will be able to use this site to share their languages, upload samples and comments and communicate with each other. And, through knowledge sharing, community members and scholars can share best practices to improve their efforts to preserve endangered languages.

The Myaamia Project has begun contributing content to the Miami-Illinois page, and is looking forward to seeing what other resources community members contribute or are interested to learn about. Project staff will be moderating the Miami-Illinois language page, as well as the “Language Learning” portion of the Knowledge Sharing page on the ELP website.

The Myaamia Project, created in 2001, aims to advance the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma's language and cultural revitalization efforts. Housed at Miami University, it has two main purposes. The first is to conduct in-depth research to assist tribal educational initiatives aimed at the preservation of language and culture. This research is used to create a wide range of educational models and materials for community language and cultural programs.

The second purpose is to expose undergraduate and graduate students at Miami University to tribal efforts in language and cultural revitalization.

“We hope that with the awareness that Google’s involvement can generate, combined with the knowledge of experts in language revitalization, the Endangered Languages Project will help us and others build bridges and create new resources to preserve and revitalize our language,” said Daryl Baldwin, Myaamia Project director. Other project staff include Andrew J. Strack and George Ironstrack.

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