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CALL for endangered languages: Challenges and rewards

Ward, Monica and van Genabith, Josef (2003) CALL for endangered languages: Challenges and rewards. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 16 (2-3). pp. 223-258. ISSN 0958-8221

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The interaction between CALL and Endangered Languages (EL) is an under-researched and under-exploited field. It is perhaps no surprise that this should be the case as CALL in the EL context has to address additional requirements and deal with extra constraints over and above those that prevail in mainstream CALL. This article introduces the topic of Endangered Languages and lists two classifications for Endangered Languages (Terralingua, 2000; Unesco, 1993). It outlines why a language becomes endangered and why it is important to save ELs. It identifies the special constraints that prevail in the EL CALL situation. These constraints determine the EL CALL requirements. In a case study, a software template and suggested syllabus have been developed for the production of CALL materials for ELs. A working example of courseware developed using the template is presented. Finally, the cultural dimension of EL CALL is outlined.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Endangered Languages
Subjects:Computer Science > Machine translating
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > National Centre for Language Technology (NCLT)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
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Copyright Information:© 2003 Routledge (Taylor & Francis). This is an electronic version of an article published in Computer Assisted Language Learning, Volume 16, Numbers 2-3. Computer Assisted Language Learning is available online at:,endangered,languages,challenges,rewards
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Deposited On:16 May 2011 14:53 by Shane Harper. Last Modified 16 May 2011 14:53

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