5987 How Small Languages Are Thriving in the Digital Information Age

Friday, February 17, 2012: 8:00 AM
Room 202-204 (VCC West Building)
K. David Harrison , Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
Technology and the effects of globalization are viewed by some as a threat to small languages. But indigenous language activists, often working in collaboration with linguists, increasingly view digital media as opportunities to expand the domains of their languages, and thus enhance visibility, prestige, and potential transmission. Some of the keys to sustainability for small languages may perhaps be found in these strategies which rely, in Walter Ong’s felicitous term, on the “technologizing of the word”.


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