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DHSI: Dr. Nick Thieberger, "How do we know what we know about the world's languages?"

Please join us on Monday March 21, 2022 at 2:30pm Pacific time for How do we know what we know about the world’s languages?, a virtual presentation by Dr. Nick Thieberger (University of Melbourne) sponsored by the University of Victoria Faculty of Humanities, the Humanities Computing and Media Centre, and the University of Victoria Lansdowne lectures program.

"There are at least 7,000 languages in the world and a great deal of the knowledge that is reflected in these languages is at risk of being lost. While, in the past, this has been a colonial enterprise, only of benefit to the outsider researcher, more recently there is a change in practice that focusses on collaboration and partnership with speakers of these languages. The new challenge is how to provide longevity for their work. 

One form of redress is to find and digitise all the records that have been made, thus preserving them, and to make them available for the speakers and their communities today. The Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) in 2003 now holds over 14,500 hours of audio recordings, 2,000 hours of video, in a collection of nearly 150 terabytes, representing 1,310 languages.

In this talk I will present recent work on visualising what is known for each language and show how these new methods can be more responsive to broader community needs."


Dr. Nicholas Thieberger is Associate Professor in the School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne, Director of the Pacific And Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC), Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in the Dynamics of Language, Lead Invesitgator in the ARC project Nyingarn, a platform for primary sources in Australian languages, Adjunct at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, University of Tasmania, University of Sydney.


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No pre-registratrion required.

Best regards from the The Endings Project team at the University of Victoria

March 21, 2022 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

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Event type: Lecture