Miromaa Software for Language Documentation (2014)
Miromaa -- Modern Tools for Ancient Words
June 13 & 14
Friday, June 13
Time 2pm - 4:30pm
College of Education
Saturday, June 14
9am - 4pm
College of Education
Fee: $25 (waived for AILDI participants)
*Workshop is full; registration is closed.
Developed by a leading Aboriginal Language Center in Australia, Miromaa is a user-friendly computer program that supports maintenance and revitalization of Indigenous languages. For use by individuals and communities for a variety of projects, Miromaa empowers Indigenous peoples to be directly involved with all aspects of language reclamation work. Miromaa can be used to create multi-media word lists, dictionaries, etc. The lecture and workshop will compliment the skills gained at AILDI's Talking Dictionaries workshop.
About Daryn McKenny
Daryn McKenny helped establish and has been the General Manager of the Miromaa Aboriginal Language and Technology Centre since 2003. He is a passionate Aboriginal person and proudly acknowledges his traditional heritage to the Gamilaraay and Wiradjuri nations. Born and raised on Awabakal country on the east coast of NSW, Australia, Daryn has spent over 10 years in steering the revival of the Awabakal language of that area. He has been instrumental in developing ways of using technology to assist in empowering Indigenous people not only in Australia but worldwide to be hands on at all levels of language activity through the creation of his program, Miromaa. His organisation also organises and hosts the National Puliima Indigenous Language and Technology Forum every two years in Australia and established the “Our Languages” website. Daryn is always looking for innovative methods to help others find ways to stop language loss and in turn capture and disseminate our original languages. Daryn currently is a director of First Languages Australia (FLA), founding steering committee member of the international Consortium for Training in Language Documentation and Conservation (CTLDC) and advisory Circle member for the Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang).