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The online registration for the International Conference on Endangered Languages in Europe 2013 is now open. You can register here: http://ele2013.eventbrite.com/. The early fee registration will end on the 30th of August.
The revitalization project "WordByWord – Aprender Minderico: A multimedia software for learning Minderico vocabulary" submitted by Vera Ferreira to the Foundation for Endangered Languages was awarded a FEL grant. With this grant Vera Ferreira will be able to expand and complete the multimedia software WordByWord developed at CIDLeS.
Today, Peter Bouda and Vera Ferreira from CIDLeS will give a talk on "Language Documentation and Language Technologies for Lesser-Used Languages" at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (Portugal).
Around 7000 languages are currently spoken all over the world. But each 14 days a language dies. Language documentation is a highly technological linguistic discipline that records and archives linguistic practices of the language communities that are in danger of extinction. The data that is collected in those projects is used in revitalization projects and helps to create software and methods for speakers to actively use endangered languages online and offline. The project „Documentation of Minderico“, a language still spoken by a few hundred people in Minde/Portugal, will be presented as an example case for the technology and software used in language documentation projects and how especially natural language processing technologies support the efforts to keep Minderico a living language.
Ethnologue has a new website and lists Minderico (ISO 639-3 [drc]) as one of the threatened languages in the Iberian Peninsula. Take a look at the map in http://www.ethnologue.com/map/PTES