Minority languages ​​and the Internet: both a blessing and a curse

Digital Lecture

Please note: The language of the digital lecture will be German.

The world wide web held the promise of democratization of access to knowledge from anywhere and by anyone. Communities, activists, and scholars working to maintain and revitalise marginalised languages see the web as a space for language use for the young generation. However, the reality of the web is not what we were hoping for. Also here the usual suspects from the global North dominate the space and only through majority languages broad participation is possible. In this talk she will discuss the current situation of languages on the web and its implications for communities.

Mandana Seyfeddinipur was educated at the Freie Universität Berlin, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen and at Stanford University. Since 2010 she directs the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, which provides around £1,000 000 annually for the documentation of endangered languages across the globe. Since 2014 she is also directing the Endangered Languages Archive, a digital repository for collections of endangered languages recordings. She teaches courses and classes on the visual mode of language, the use of video in language documentation and fieldwork, ELAN annotation, psychology of language, and language use. Her main research interests are language documentation, cultural and linguistic diversity in language use, video in language documentation, and multimodality with a focus on gesture, visual mode of language, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, and language production.

Moderation: Privatdozentin Dr. Birte Arendt

Access to the Digital Lecture
The Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg offers this event live as digital lecture. Access to the lectures is provided via the software "Zoom". 15 minutes before the event starts, the link leads to a Zoom waiting room. At the announced start of the event, participants are then automatically admitted to the digital lecture hall. The handout on digital lectures provides assistance on using the Zoom app.

Recording of the Digital Lecture
This digital lecture will be recorded to be used for the Kolleg’s media library. Only the speaker, his or her presentation and the moderator will be heard or seen in the recording. Chat contributions as well as questions and answers are not recorded. A "REC" sign in the upper right-hand corner of the screen informs the participants that the event is being recorded.

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