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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Klallam Langage Web Site

Timothy Montler has sent the following letter about changes he has made to the Klallam Language web site:

"I want everyone to know that I have made some major changes to the Klallam language web site. The biggest changes are in the word list. I have gone through the entire list, corrected, changed and added words based on the dictionary in progress. All of the words have been checked and rechecked with the elders.

The word list now contains around 3500 Klallam words (only a small part of the 12,000 the dictionary now has). Around 1000 of those are linked to mp3 sound files.

The additions to the site:
  - Sound for the tongue twisters.
  - A few photos
  - A link to learning materials. They include:
    Family tree of the Salishan languages
    Description of the alphabet
    Map of the Klallam language and neighboring languages
    Interactive flash videos (can be used on-line or downloaded)
    Model sentence mp3 files for lessons 1-43
    The computer games to download
    The Klallam keyboard and a guide to using it
    Collection of Unicode fonts to use for Klallam

The site still has the 85 useful phrases, the Flood story, and the Deaf Fishermen story--all with audio. It also still has the three YouTube videos with Klallam and English subtitles.

Please let me know if you have any problems with the site. Any suggestions would be helpful. Also I'd like to put up more photos. If you have any good ones related to the language, its speakers and learners, I'd like to put them up there (for example, there's a really good picture of the language certificate holders on the Port Gamble site that I'd like to include with permission). Also if there are any you'd like me to remove, I will."

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