New interaction tools for preserving an old language

Plimmer, Beryl and Liang, He and Tariq, Zaman and Kasun, Karunanayaka and Yeo, Alvin Wee and Jengan, Garen and Blagojevic, Rachel and Do, Ellen Yi-Luen (2015) New interaction tools for preserving an old language. In: CHI 2015, April 18 - 23 2015, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

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Abstract

The Penan people of Malaysian Borneo were traditionally nomads of the rainforest. They would leave messages in the jungle for each other by shaping natural objects into language tokens and arranging these symbols in specific ways – much like words in a sentence. With settlement, the language is being lost as it is not being used by the younger generation. We report here, a tangible system designed to help the Penans preserve their unique object writing language. The key features of the system are that: the tangibles are made of real objects; it works in the wild; and new tangibles can be fabricated and added to the system by the users. Our evaluations show that the system is engaging and encourages intergenerational knowledge transfer, thus has the potential to help preserve this language.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: TUI, fabrication, capacitive tangibles, preservation of language,H.5.2 [Information Interfaces and Presentation], User Interfaces - Interaction style,unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations Centre of Excellence for Rural Informatics
Depositing User: Saman
Date Deposited: 16 May 2016 01:37
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 07:24
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/12004

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