Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga 2009 Seminar Series

Despite an increase in the number of people speaking Maori today, the quality of the language being used has declined as the number of native-speakers of Maori language has declined. This seminar is about a research project based on twenty hour-long recordings from Radio Kahungunu featuring two elderly women conversing in the Maori language. The rationale behind the project is to use the recorded voices of elders to help revitalise the Maori language. The primary research objectives are to produce a 'talking book' comprising digital recordings, transcriptions and translations with associated annotations; and a vocabulary and linguistic analysis.