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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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Building a Sustainable, Open-Source Platform for Language Learning

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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