Friday, 4 February 2011

Rosetta Stone Inupiaq

Alaska natives team with Rosetta Stone

The Seattle Times reports that the North Slope Inupiaq version of Rosetta Stone language learning software is to be released in Spring.

The article comments on the state of Alaskan Languages, mentioning that only Inupiaq and Central Yup'ik have over 1000 speakers. And that Eyak is now extinct. It offers a poor prognosis for Inupiaq, stating that children are brought up in English Only Households.

The article also describes the distribution model of the software, with 800 free copies already having been distributed, and that 150 have been sold.

Another project from the Rosetta Stone Endangered Languages Programme has been mentioned in this blog: Rosetta Stone Navajo

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