Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Locust lobster: Language HotSpots, 1000s of smaller languages at risk, WUaS wants to wiki-faciltate ALL language, Wiki-schools

I heard an interesting talk at Stanford today on Language HotSpots -

http://www.swarthmore.edu/SocSci/langhotspots/ -

with 1000s of smaller languages at risk.

WUaS wants to wiki-faciltate preservation and revitalization of ALL languages -

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Languages -

each as a wiki-school

and archive or library

... a handheld video device in the hands of non-literate people

(e.g. the 8 remaining speakers of a language, with the help of an anthropologist)

... and to create sociocultural processes -

to generate an online culture or discourse -

around each language :)


A linguist yesterday in a talk at Stanford schematized language trees as 'genetically'-related ...

Why not 'memetically'- (memes - replicating cultural units)?

This would transform such familar language trees in many ways.

He also characterized sociocultural processes as 'knowledge systems,' which idea is NOT often used these days in Anthropology.

Besides symbol & communication systems ...

‎... for 'language-socio-culture,' why not memetic systems, as well?

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Anthropology :)


The 'culture' question ...

How to represent/think about 'culture'? (there are so many ways to re-state this) -

Asking such questions often devolve for me into questions of counterculture ...

& into the virtual Harbin warm pool? :)

World Univ & Sch -

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Counterculture :)


Human Relations Area Files -

http://www.yale.edu/hraf/teaching.htm -

housed at Yale, and made up of 300 universities and institutions

... good model for WUaS, in some ways,

especially in its guidelines for contributing to it

... will add to http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Anthropology

... in what ways will handheld video computers in small language speakers wiki-grow those languages? :)


What would the anthropology of primatology vis-a-vis love,

and even loving bliss, look like, in academic terms?

Please add - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Anthropology AND http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Primatology ...

Let's create a new anthropological form of publishing using handheld video computers for this :)

e.g. an example of the primatology of grief might be when the chimp Flint or Fegan (?) loses his mother Flo in Jane Goodall's

'In the Shadow of Man,'

which I read probably in 1974(?)

... so the anthropology of this primatology of grief might be an analysis of Jane Goodall's response,

or all of our (mine included) to this event ...

and of love?

and vis-a-vis hippies ? :)

(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2011/05/locust-lobster-language-hotspots-1000s.html - May 17, 2011)

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