FEL executive committee member David Nathan

In today’s post, we introduce another member of the FEL Executive Committee.

David Nathan

David is a linguist and digital specialist for the Anindilyakwa Land Council‘s  Groote Eylandt Language Centre on Groote Eylandt, Australia, where the island’s Indigenous population are first-language speakers of the Anindilyakwa language. Previously he was co-ordinator for the Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics (CALL) at Batchelor Institute, and the Director of the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) at SOAS University of London, where his team developed new approaches to archiving digital language documentation and trained a generation of linguists in technologies and methods for documentary linguistics. He has 25 years experience of collaborative production of multimedia, apps, online materials and platforms supporting language maintenance, revitalization, education and publishing. He is co-author (with Peter Austin) in 1996 of the web’s first ever hypertext dictionary, for Gamilaraay, spoken in northern New South Wales, and a Founding Editor of EL Publishing. He has also taught computing, linguistics, cognitive science, and multimedia, and his publications include the textbook Australia’s Indigenous Languages and journal articles on archiving, language documentation, audio, multimedia, internet, and lexicography. Currently he is editor of the FEL website.

Meet the FEL Executive Committee

The Foundation for Endangered Languages has an Executive Committee (EC) that governs the operation of the Foundation and organises events and activities. In this and following posts we will introduce readers to the current EC members, with information about their backgrounds, interests, and links to relevant web pages.

Serena d’Agostino

I am an Italian independent researcher (graduated from University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ in 1997) who spent many years in Quebec, Canada. I have been honoured to acquire Indigenous Knowledge and believe that this wisdom is vital for the future of our species on earth. Since 2003 I have volunteered in the field of endangered languages for FEL, Centro Editorial de Literatura Indígena, Asociación Civil (CELIAC) in Oaxaca, Mexico, and I am a founder of FEL Canada. Now back in Italy, I share what I have learnt on what First Nations people call Turtle Island, and enjoy living in my mother tongue. I am currently involved in managing the FEL Facebook page.