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Derek Lackaff

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Communications at Elon University, where I am primarily affiliated with a practical, globally-oriented graduate program in Interactive Media. My research, teaching, and practice focus on technologies for languages of few speakers, civic technologies, and creative industries.

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Latest posts by Derek Lackaff

17 April 2017

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

12 April 2017

You Can Conquer Digital Worlds in Scottish Gaelic, Thanks to Hard-Working Localizers

Rising Voices

GunChleoc has a passion for translating video games into Scottish Gaelic. Her story suggests an engaging new model of bringing high-quality digital content to languages of few speakers.

15 March 2017

Poly, the Platform That Wants to Teach You Every Language in the World

Rising Voices

"We want to be more useful to the speakers of the language than the linguists, because the speakers are the ones who need it.”

20 February 2017

Local Language / Global Network: Designing Mobile Technology for Indigenous and Minority Language Users

Rising Voices

Lessons from how Irish speakers are interacting with mobile technologies may provide insights for speakers of other minority and indigenous languages.

31 January 2017

Building a Sustainable, Open-Source Platform for Language Learning

Rising Voices

Openwords is a open-source language-learning app with robust lesson and course development features with the aim to be a community of language learners and teachers.

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