Creating plays with LARA through crowdsourcing the audio

This is a new idea of Manny's, which is about to come to fruition. He chose Antigone by Jean Anouilh, ie the French mid-century version, and it's being done in French (not that well advanced yet) and English, almost done, one speech to be recorded. One of the nice things about the idea of a play … Continue reading Creating plays with LARA through crowdsourcing the audio

LARA presentation at EUROCALL

Branislav and I gave a one hour presentation at last week's online EUROCALL conference. The talk was in three parts: I gave a brief intro to LARA using the LARA version of Le petit prince as my main example, Branislav showed how to use the portal to create a small LARA document, and I finished by describing … Continue reading LARA presentation at EUROCALL

Revivalistics: From the Genesis of Israeli to Language Reclamation in Australia and Beyond

The - I thought very clever - idea of using LARA to make linguistics books more informative and interactive has been implemented by Ghil'ad and Manny. Amongst other functionality, key is that instead of only reading about the words and sounds, they can now be heard as well. They applied the idea to Ghil'ad's just … Continue reading Revivalistics: From the Genesis of Israeli to Language Reclamation in Australia and Beyond

LARA flashcards

People have been asking us pretty much from the beginning for a way to add vocabulary flashcards to a LARA text... and now, after some energetic work from an Icelandic summer student, that functionality exists! Thank you, Bjartur Örn Jónsson 🙂 You access the flashcards through the LARA portal - once you've created a document, … Continue reading LARA flashcards

Open Educational Resources OER

Since LARA fits into the principles of this important initiative, here are some links to further reading. The Hewlett Foundation’s Education Program's White Paper and here is background research to that: The Open Educational Resources Ecosystem. OER Commons is, to quote from the site, 'a public digital library of open educational resources'. And wiki has a … Continue reading Open Educational Resources OER

Old Norse poetry in an online reading group

Following on from my last post about our LARA version of the Völuspá, we have now used it to start an online reading group on Goodreads. You can follow the thread here - note by the way that we have posted a new and much improved version of the LARA text here, with audio recorded by … Continue reading Old Norse poetry in an online reading group

Can you appreciate poetry in a language you don’t know?

[Reposted from Goodreads] Well, the brief answer to the question is that we aren't sure yet, but we're trying to find out. Using LARA, an open source tool that several Goodreaders are already contributing to, we've started putting together interactive online versions of poems, enhanced to assist people who don't know the languages in question. … Continue reading Can you appreciate poetry in a language you don’t know?

The decade of Indigenous Languages

As the UN's International Year of Indigenous Languages comes to a close, it's heartening to see that it has been decided this must be extended to a decade, to begin in 2022. 'One year is simply not enough,' says AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde As reported in CBC News a  resolution was adopted by the … Continue reading The decade of Indigenous Languages

Better support for translation in LARA

The way we do translation in the current LARA platform is clearly not satisfactory - we've had many comments on this. Three main issues: We should offer the alternative of translating surface words types instead of lemmas. At the moment, you can only attach a translation to a lemma, so if you're translating English into … Continue reading Better support for translation in LARA