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Easy construction of multimedia online language textbooks and linguistics papers with LARA

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Proceedings (peer-reviewed)
Author Butterweck Matthias, Chua Cathy, Habibi Hanieh, Rayner Manny, Zuckermann Ghil'ad,
Project A Crowdsourcing Platform for Spoken CALL Content
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Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Title of proceedings 12th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Place Seville, Spain
DOI 10.21125/iceri.2019

Open Access

Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)


LARA is a collaborative open project whose goal is to create resources that help people read L2 texts in foreign/archaic languages. It does this by providing tools that make it easy to transform plain text documents into hypertext versions that give non-native readers various kinds of help. Here, we describe recent work in which we have extended LARA in a new direction. Although the platform was originally constructed with pure L2 texts in mind, we have found that it is easy to adapt it so that it can also be used for linguistics papers and language textbooks; these are typically a mixture of L2 and L1 text, with examples in L2 and explanations in L1. Our presentation is organised around two paradigmatic examples, both developed within the framework of Ghil’ad Zuckermann’s “Revivalistics” program. The first is a LARA version of Barngarlidhi Manoo (“Speaking Barngarla Together”), a 70 page primer for the South Australian Aboriginal language Barngarla composed by Zuckermann with the Barngarla people; the second is a section from Zuckermann’s 2020 book Revivalistics: From the Genesis of Israeli to Language Reclamation in Australia and Beyond (New York: Oxford University Press). Both examples are available online.