Help us make our game on linguistic diversity more linguistically diverse (it's easy!)

Dear HWRG-readers.

I'm involved in creating a game about linguistic diversity within the Language In Interaction-consortium. We'd like to make this game itself available in as many languages as possible,  if you'd like you can help us doing that by translating a few phrases into a language that you master. You can do so here.

The game is called "LingQuest". You listen to several recordings of people talking and have to match the ones who are speaking the same language. It’s quite similar to the Great Language Game by Lars Yencken, but we’re also using many lesser-known languages from the DOBES archive.

Here’s a screenshot of the App in development:

We'd like for as many people as possible to be able to play the game, irrespective of if they know English or not. A lot of information today is primarily available in English, it's the working language of most conferences, publications and blogs of linguistics - also those on linguistic diversity. This is understandable since we'd like to make the scientific debate open to as many as possible and English is the most widely spoken language in all parts of Academia (with French, German and a few other languages dominating certain areas). (If you're interested in how many languages linguists speak, see this post here.)

However, it is not necessary that our game and other experiments in linguistics are restricted in this way (nor the linguistic olympiad). This is why we're working on being able to provide our game in many different languages, and for that we'd like to ask for your help! Could you help us translate a few phrases into a language that you know so that the game can be played by people who know that language? We've tried to cut down on the number of phrases needed for the game to work, so hopefully this shouldn't take up much time. We'd be very thankful for your help. Of course we'd prefer it if you translate to languages you are very fluent in, preferably your native language(s). You can indicate your skill level in the form.

Again: thanks,

p.s. We will not at this time be able to include non-spoken languages. Perhaps in future we can figure out a way do accommodate all modalities of language, but right now we regretfully cannot do this.


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