Can the subaltern code? A look at CLC 2014
Research

Can the subaltern code? A look at CLC 2014

Almost 26 years ago, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak interrogated the politics of representation in her iconic post-colonialist essay, “Can the Subaltern Speak?” I revisited the essay when I learned about an upcoming workshop to equip underrepresented language speakers with tools to ensure their languages are supported by digital technologies. While the “Coding for Language Communities” 2014 Summer … Continue reading

Endangered Languages Project shares my app list
Research / Technology

Endangered Languages Project shares my app list

A big thanks to the Endangered Languages Project (ELP) for reposting the list I compiled of indigenous language-learning smartphone apps. The project is supported by a coalition of groups around the world known as the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity. Google oversaw the development and launch of the project. According to their principle website, ELP … is an online resource … Continue reading

The Power of Play: my interview with Pinnguaq founder Ryan Oliver
Canada / Interviews / Research

The Power of Play: my interview with Pinnguaq founder Ryan Oliver

Pinnguaq is a software localization initiative based in beautiful Pangnirtung, Nunavut in Canada’s high Eastern Arctic. In June 2013, they released an Inuktitut-language version of the best-selling iPad game, Osmos. To do this, they engaged Inuit across the territory to complete a crowd-sourced translation of the terms in the game. As Ryan Oliver, the founder of Pinnguaq explains below, participation was so great that they translated the game a total of four and a half times. Continue reading