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  • 1. The Internet and Minorized Languages – Basque views for a panel Luistxo Fernandez Unesco seminar. The Internet and the promotion of linguistic diversity Bilbo – 2012.05Azitain Poligonoa 3 - KE-20600 EI BAR Internet SolutionsTel: ++34 943 821 780Fax: ++34 943 820 669 www.codesyntax.com 1
  • 2. Unesco seminar T he I nter net a nd the p r omotio n of linguistic div er sity 2012,05Internet as a means for salvationInternet is not the salvation.Internet is a tsunami. Either we float, or we drown.Some are floating. Somehow. Others not.“Internet is important for preservation.” If that meanspreservation in a museum sense, then...
  • 3. Unesco seminar T he I nter net a nd the p r omotio n of linguistic div er sity 2012,05A conversation in Facebook in Yucatec (interface in Basque)
  • 4. Unesco seminar T he I nter net a nd the p r omotio n of linguistic div er sity 2012,05Tuenti, a Spanish FacebookBasque usage as an identity code. Not much more.
  • 5. Unesco seminar T he I nter net a nd the p r omotio n of linguistic div er sity 2012,05Twitter: social mediaTwitter is more than a social networkIt works more like a media site, the best newswire ever invented.You can have personal interactions in Yucatec in Facebook. Are there any in Twitter?Welsh or Basque are alive in Twitter. Is Breton alive? I doubt it.
  • 6. Unesco seminar T he I nter net a nd the p r omotio n of linguistic div er sity 2012,05Sociolinguistics in realtimeTwitter tells no lies.We built Umap a tool that gets all tweets in Basque... it reached a limit. Also tried in Welsh, but couldnt afford to maintain it, sorry.
  • 7. Unesco seminar T he I nter net a nd the p r omotio n of linguistic div er sity 2012,05Twitter: newswire / meme generatorTwitter as a channel of links: main news source for its users. Killer of traditional media.Do your sources produce content in your language?Memes as indicators of cultural creativity, vitalityAre there any memes in your languages?
  • 8. Unesco seminar T he I nter net a nd the p r omotio n of linguistic div er sity 2012,05Example of a Basque memeDizerdit, daitort,dalovit...Invented fancy Basque compact verbs, grammatically impossible...You need a good command of the language (also of Spanish in some cases, to be true), and a sense of Twitter humor
  • 9. Unesco seminar T he I nter net a nd the p r omotio n of linguistic div er sity 2012,05Help building social interactionDont loose too much thinking on the menus, its the food that matters. (But if you can get the menus, well, take the opportunity)1,000 Basque intellectuals on Twitter. 100 followers each, that is 100,000 Basques tweetingTools that maximize Twitter information in a community senseYou may need a bunch of tech entrepreneurs
  • 10. Unesco seminar T he I nter net a nd the p r omotio n of linguistic div er sity 2012,05Eskerrik askoLuistxo Fernandez - LFernandez@codesyntax.comtwitter.com/luistxo - http://www.codesyntax.com 10