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Words should be fun: Scrabble as a tool for language preservation in Tuvan and other local languages
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Words should be fun: Scrabble as a tool for language preservation in Tuvan and other local languages
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Voinov, Vitaly. 2010. Words should be fun: Scrabble as a tool for language preservation in Tuvan and other local languages. Language Documentation & Conservation 4. 213-230.
1934-5275
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Contributor:
Voinov, Vitaly (author)
Date:
2010-12
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
Description:
One small but practical way of empowering speakers of an endangered language to maintain their language’s vitality amidst a climate of rapid globalization is to introduce a mother-tongue version of the popular word game Scrabble into their society. This paper examines how versions of Scrabble have been developed and used for this purpose in various endangered or non-prestige languages, with a focus on the Tuvan language of south Siberia, for which the author designed a Tuvan version of the game. Playing Scrabble in their mother tongue offers several benefits to speakers of an endangered language: it presents a communal approach to group literacy, promotes the use of a standardized orthography, creates new opportunities for intergenerational transmission of the language, expands its domains of usage, and may heighten the language’s external and internal prestige. Besides demonstrating the benefits of Scrabble, the paper also offers practical suggestions concerning both linguistic factors (e.g., choice of letters to be included, calculation of letter frequencies, dictionary availability) and non-linguistic factors (board design, manufacturing, legal issues, etc.) relevant to producing Scrabble in other languages for the purpose of revitalization.
National Foreign Language Resource Center
Content language:
English
DCMI type:
Text
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18 pages
Other rights:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
by-nc-nd-nsa
Other subject:
Tuvan
Scrabble
language revitalization
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Article
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Archive: Language Documentation and Conservation
Online: Yes
DCMI type: Text
Content language: English
Date: 2000 and later
Date: 2010 - 2019
Contributor: Voinov, Vitaly
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Title: Words should be fun: Scrabble as a tool for language preservation in Tuvan and other local languages
Other format: 18 pages
Other rights: Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
Other rights: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
Other rights: by-nc-nd-nsa
Other subject: Scrabble
Other subject: Tuvan
Other subject: language revitalization
Other type: Article