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Sámi tv-comedy show

Sámi comedy show, Märät Säpikkäät/Njuoska Bittut, originally shown on Finnish television channel YLE2, is a playful mixture of genres, discourses, and languages, inviting people to reflect upon their perceptions on Sámi people and beyond. See some clips and discussion here. Read more: Pietikäinen, S and Kauppinen, K. (forthcoming). Cutting across media spaces and boundaries: the […]

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License plate campaign

In Texas, USA, signed language communities, with support from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing division at the Texas Dept. of Rehabilitative Services, petitioned the state to approve specialty license plates to raise the visibility of American Sign Language across the state.  The petition was granted and the specialty license plate displays the sign “I […]

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Community members ‘sign’ a petition on national policy regarding Finnish Sign Language

The Finnish Association of the Deaf (FAD) drafted a petition in support of a national policy on Finnish Sign Language. Rather than collecting “signatures” from members of signed language communities, they instead filmed individuals “signing” the petition. In addition to the petition in signed language, the association also collected gloves knitted by members of signed […]

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Multilingual, multimodal children´s story books

In many minority and indigenous language contexts teaching materials are often quite limited—especially materials that include the voices and perspectives of young speakers, signers, and learners. A project called “little books” was developed in response to these two needs. In this project, Sámi children (age 6-12) created their own children’s picture book with a multilingual […]

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Crowd-sourcing

Crowd-sourcing is one innovative way that people are using technology to be creative with language. These are a few examples of crowd-sourcing: Example 1. ASL-STEM project: http://aslstem.cs.washington.edu/info/about Example 2. Learn Inari Sámi with Neeta: http://www.facebook.com/OpiInarinsaamea

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