Candace Kaleimamwoowahinekapu Galla, PhD Language & Literacy Education, UBC
Mark Turin, PhD First Nations & Endangered Languages, UBC
During the lunchtime keynote address, Dr. Turin and Dr. Galla bring us examples of how technology is being harnessed to support language revitalisation beyond British Columbia.
Dr. Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla is an Assistant Professor with the University of British Columbia’s Department of Language and Literacy Education. She examines some positive developments in Hawai’i, where digital multimedia technologies are making is easier to learn and use the Hawaiian language in everyday contexts.
Dr. Turin is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and Chair of the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program. He speaks about how technologies can be used in the work of collecting, protecting and connecting endangered languages. He shares his experience with the Digital Himalaya initiative in Nepal. Dr. Turin also looks to radio as an example of how low-tech, community-based technologies have been rejuvenated through the web to become promising platforms for language revitalization.