October 27, 2009

Falmouth language summit (Day 3)

Day 3 of my trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, for the Falmouth Institute's Native Language Preservation Summit. (Here are my reports for Day 1 and Day 2.)

Going to bed early Monday night wasn't enough to get a good night's sleep. I woke up at 3 am. Since I couldn't go back to sleep, I surfed the Net and took pictures of the dawn. Then I briefly explored the pool area.

At 9 am we gathered for a poster session. We broke into small groups and shared ideas about language techniques. We wrote them down on a poster and shared them with the room.

Then we had a technology panel. Don and Kara Thornton of Thornton Media discussed their language program for the Nintendo DSi. In a few minutes they loaded several words of the Yavapai language into the device.

The organizer had asked me to fill in for the representative of the Rosetta Stone language-learning software. I spoke for 10 minutes on that and a few miscellaneous things. The session wasn't over but I hurried out, because I had to catch a shuttle van to the airport.

On the shuttle ride, I kept drifting off because of my lack of sleep. I perked up at the airport because it had Hopi katsina displays and free Wi-Fi. The TSA agents also patted me down and searched my laptop bag a couple times, which was a new experience for me.

On the flight back I drifted off some more. I finally made it to my condo late in the afternoon. After eating something other than muffins, Tootsie Rolls, or peanuts for the first time that day, I hit the sack and crashed for about six hours.

And that was my trip to the Fort McDowell Yavapai reservation.


dmarks said...

Does the Rosetta Stone company have plans to add a lot more languages, including Native American ones?

As it is now, they have only 30 languages offered, none of which are Native American, or any non-"major" language, really.

Rob said...

Rosetta Stone has an endangered language program here:


The page provides few details, but it sounds as though they've developed language software for at least three tribes.

dmarks said...

OK. I was wondering about that. since I didn't see any "minor" languages at all on their main list.