Androids in Amazonia: recording an endangered language

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Augustine Tembé, recording a story using a smartphoneThe village of Akazu’yw lies in the rainforest, a day’s drive from the state capital of Belém, deep in the Brazilian Amazon. Last week I traveled there, carrying a dozen Android phones with a specialized app for recording speech. It wasn't all plain sailing…

Read the full story here.


  1. Barbara Partee said,

    March 30, 2013 @ 3:06 am

    I think that's fantastic. I wish them a great future with this!

  2. Barbara Partee said,

    March 30, 2013 @ 3:08 am

    Oops, I hadn't realized that the post is by Steven himself! So I mean, I wish you a great future with this!!

  3. Steven Bird said,

    March 30, 2013 @ 4:47 am

    Thanks Barbara! The work is ongoing, and I will post regular updates to

  4. Neil Dolinger said,

    March 31, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    I'd love to see translations of some of the video clips, such as the one man's lecture on who the "real Indians" are.

  5. dainichi said,

    April 2, 2013 @ 4:55 am

    It took me a second to realize that in the picture, the Android is the phone, not the guy talking on the phone. Maybe I watched Terminator once too many.

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