project describes a model of integrating language preservation techniques
with leading-edge technology to develop a web-based on-line tool
for heritage language preservation and learning. The model will
use the Chinuk Wawa as its data source from which to gather language
samples, grammar descriptions, and other resources. These will be
integrated into an enhanced version of an existing computer software
package for adult ESL classroom research ('ClassAction'). ClassAction
can store multi-media language clips which synchronize audio, video
and text (illustrating pronunciation, translation, grammar explanations,
etc.) and present these in an interactive session using the common
Web-interface for access by students, faculty, and affiliated Heritage
language communities. I will work with the National Labsite at Portland
State University (PSU) to advance an on-line educational software
package, which will directly benefit the educational communities,
researchers, and Heritage language communities.
Nariyo Kono(PI), Native
American Studies Program and Department
of Applied Linguistics , Portland State University
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