Google Arts & Culture has created the Woolaroo tool that examines 10 indigenous languages such as Yiddish, Sicilian or Louisiana Creole. At the same time, the platform allows language communities to protect the language and develop it further.
Woolaroo is an open source tool that allows language communities to protect a language and expand its word list and add audio recordings to aid in correct pronunciation.
"The key to indigenous communities is that Woolaroo gives users the ability to freely add, edit and delete entries. As soon as they learn a new word or phrase, they can add it directly to the tool," inform the Woolaroo developers.
The program supports 10 global indigenous languages: Louisiana Creole, Calabrian Greek dialect, Maori, Nawat (Uto-Aztec language family), Tamazight (Berber language family), Sicilian, Yang Zhuang (Thai language family), Rapanui (Polynesian language family), Yiddish and Yougambeh (Pama-nyunga language family).
Of the languages available on the device, only one - Yiddish is related to Poland. Before the war, Yiddish was the language of Jews living in Poland and other Eastern European countries. Data from the last one carried out in independent Poland before the Holocaust in 1931 indicate that Yiddish was the mother tongue for 79.9 percent of people. Polish Jews (2,489,034), Polish - 11.9% (371,821), and the Hebrew language 7.9 percent. (243 539). Currently, it remains a living language, for example, among Hasidic religious communities in the USA or Israel.
The authors of this project encourage anyone who knows at least a few words in one of the 10 listed languages to use this tool. (PAP)
Author: Natalia Kamińska