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7. Overheard on the Web

Aboriginal Languages Mustnít Die: Goori Elder
12 January 2006

Darcel Moyle is a Goori woman from Minjerribah -- otherwise known as North Stradbroke Island, just off the coast of Brisbane. She's also an Aboriginal Education Officer with the Australian Education Union, as well as the Indigenous representative on the ACTU. Darcel was one of the speakers at a national language teachers' conference in Melbourne, exploring the topic, Languages and Cultures Education - Why?

Darcel Moyle's views can be heard at:
http://www9.sbs.com.au/radio/index.php?page=wv&newsID=128145

Ethnocomputing
http://www.ethnocomputing.org/

The term ethnocomputing came up around 1999 in our discussions on cultural aspects of computer science. The concern was that the contemporary computer science education may cause some unnecessary cognitive overhead to people from non-western cultures, but now the concept of ethnocomputing has extended to include also a number of other aspects of computer science and computing. Although culture has recently been recognized as one factor in interface design, computer science and engineering in general are often thought to be culturally neutral. On the contrary, we believe that it is impossible to separate culture and people, and we believe that culture is an important factor in computational design, modeling, and theory. In the design and implementation of computing technology, residue of cultural characteristics such as beliefs, values, assumptions, ideas, and language of the designers is embedded in the product. We wish to stress the importance of understanding the context of ICT research, development, and use, as well as the importance of identifying the social, historical, cultural, or personal characteristics that affect computational ideas and artifacts. We believe that although it is important to recognize cultural content in technology, it is equally important to recognize the computational content in culture. Various activities in cultures, such as games, arts, design, and fashion, make use of computational ideas, and understanding computing in everyday things is a challenging pursuit on its own.

Onkwehonwe.com: AI robots for endangered languages

For the past ten years I have been the developer of Onkwehonwe.com and of artificially intelligent robots for endangered languages.

There you will find a wide variety of endangered language robots. I am always adding a new bot for another endangered language, as I get time.

Behind the Scenes of Onkwehonwe.com:
http://www.monigarr.com/cbstandardfeatures.html

Some Stats:

  • Average of 3500 Mohawk language conversations (visitors) per week.
  • Mohawk Language Robots currently have over 200,000 translations in brain.

    Are you interested and able to sponsor a new endangered-language robot?

    I give free personal (non-commercial) access to instant translations, pronunciations, and conversations to any computer, mobile device, cell phone, instant messenger, web-browser, and standard talking toys found in most retail stores, from http://www.onkwehonwe.com

    mohawk talking toy example:
    http://www.monigarr.com/projectanima

    Best Wishes,
    Monica Peters
    Phone: 613-936-6512
    Email: Monigarr(at)Yahoo.com

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