Language Quest: a Videogame to Preserve Endangered Languages in a Cultural and Folkloristic Context


Loretta Fernandez (University of Pittsburgh)

Worldwide, 40% of the 7,000 documented languages in the world are endangered. Many could disappear completely in the next century. This does not mean only the languages as words and grammatical rules but all the traditions, knowledge, and folklore that is present in those languages. In this presentation, I will introduce Language Quest, a videogame designed to provide an immersive interactive experience in Alaskan Yup’ik and Gwich’in languages as a means to preserve and revitalize those languages. Through the game we present typical cultural situations and illustrate through graphic organizers how different situations happen in each specific culture linguistically.

Part of 06-07 Recentering Peripheral Ways of Knowing via Global Folklife Education Initiatives, Friday, October 14, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm