Technology in Support of Languages of The Pacific: Neo-Colonial or Post-Colonial?
Nick ThiebergerASIAN-EUROPEAN MUSIC RESEARCH JOURNAL 5 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.30819/aemr.5-3 pp: 17-24 2020-06-30
Stichworte/keywords: Technology support, Metropolitan language, Pacific region, Traditional cultural expression
“From ancient times to the present, disquieting use has been made of archival records to establish, document, and perpetuate the influence of power elites.” (Jimerson, 2007: 254).
A quarter of the world’s languages are found in the Pacific. In communities sustained over many hundreds of years by local economies, the globalised world impinges through urbanisation and encroaching metropolitan languages, particularly in media, accelerating language change and language shift. Technology, in the form of computers, digital files, and ways of working with them, is a first world product, access to it is costly, and the interface to it is never in a local language but always in a major metropolitan language. Training and experience in using technology is not easily obtained, leading to a divide between those who are able to use it and those who are consumers of it, typically via expensive internet connections. How can a new kind of archival enterprise “establish, document, and perpetuate” the languages and their speakers, in order to counter what Jimerson calls the influence of power elites.