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June 2016

Topic     Social Media and Language Documentation
    Leading the discussion: Peter Schuelke, University of Hawaii
Date       Monday 20th June

Time       6:00 - 8:00pm

Venue    University hotel
              Function room (upstairs), 272 Lygon St, Carlton 3053 (03) 9347 7299
     (menu available online)

Contact  Ruth Singer if you have any questions


There is great potential for language documentation and conservation through social media sites. The potential benefits include corpus building, community participation, and effect on language attitudes. While the benefits are many, ethical issues are raised including new challenges to consent and considerations towards anonymity. 

Social media is a largely untapped resource in the language documentation, maintenance, and revitalization fields. The goals of this discussion are to introduce a few examples of social media use in language documentation and conservation and address it's potential benefits and challenges.


LIP is an occasional gathering of language activists and linguists in Melbourne and is coordinated by the MLIP committee: Ruth Singer, Stefan Schnell (Melbourne Uni) and Harriet Sheppard, Jonathan Schlossberg, Alan Ray, Giordana Santosuosso, Jonathon Lum (Monash Uni)

Contact Ruth Singer (University of Melbourne) with any questions: