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.