Rosetta Stone releases Chitimacha language
Condensed by Native Village
Louisiana: Rosetta Stone Inc. has released the Chitimacha
language version of Rosetta Stone® software. The software will
be used exclusively by the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana. The
last fluent Chitimacha speaker died in 1940, but the tribe is
trying to revive its language.
Rosetta Stone teaches new languages by linking their meanings and structures to real world objects and events without translation.
“We are honored that the Rosetta Stone Endangered Language Program can help the Chitimacha reclaim a piece of their heritage and cultural identity,” said Marion Bittinger, program manager. “We are optimistic our work with indigenous groups will be a step toward reversing the tide of global language extinction.”
The Chitimacha Cultural Department began its language revitalization program in 1997 with recordings and field notes made by linguist Morris Swadesh in the 1930s. The information enabled some tribal members to immerse themselves in their language, its structure, and the difficult sequences of sounds. This working knowledge carried over into the Rosetta Stone project development.
The Chitimacha Tribe owns exclusive distribution rights to the Chitimacha language software.
Chitimacha Word Set