Projects

1. Language Ecology, and Visualization of Intangible Heritage

Partners
IMI, HSS, CAMTech, EEE, NTU Museum

Timeline
2010-2012

Status
Partially funded by New Silk Road Grant
Nanyang Technological University

Description:
This project aims to capture the vibrant cultural and linguistic fusion of Singapore through the study of three major ethnic communities Malay, Hokkien and Baba Malay through interdisciplinary lenses. The focus of the research will be on the language ecology of these three communities which share common traits, such as convergence and divergence from the source language and substantial cultural shift over the years. Baba Malay in particular is widely cited to be a cultural and linguistic "amalgam" of Hokkien and Malay. Hence, a linguistic and cultural study of these three groups necessarily entails an anthropological as well as historical survey of the linguistic contexts across time. The study of languages and its environment, also known as "language ecology", is a fast growing field in linguistics, mainly because of the keen awareness of just how "perishable" languages are as part of our intangible heritage.

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2. AILCA The Archive of Indigenous Languages and Cultures of Asia

Partners
IMI, HSS, CAMTech, EEE, NTU Museum

Timeline
2010-2013

Status
Research Grant Application (ACRF Tier 2) - Pending

Description:
According to the most optimistic views we will see about 3,000 languages disappear by the year 2100 worldwide. In Singapore's immediate geographical area (South East Asia) the number of languages that will most likely die out by the turn of the century is about 2,000. More pessimistic researchers posit that only about 700 languages will survive into the next century (Nettle and Romaine, 2000). With increasing awareness of the fragile state of many languages in the world, universities worldwide have been creating repositories for storing research outputs of their fieldwork.

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3. Mythology and Heritage Engaging Young Audience with Intangible Heritage

Partners
HSS, ADM, SCE, IMI, Asian Civilizations Museum

Timeline
2010-2012

Status
Concept Development

Description:
Engaging young audiences with intangible heritage Asian Heroes A childern exhibition at the Asian civilizations Museum featuring the story of Mulan, a Chinese folk heroine. The exhibition is centered around an interactive table juxtaposing cultural artifacts and contemporary objects from popular culture aimed at young visitors and highlighting the cultural heritage of folk heroes.

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4. Bali - The Intangible Discourse of Nature, Culture and People

Partners:
The Interactive Institute, Digital Heritage Center, J. Steve Lansing (University of Arizona), Bali World Heritage Project, Stockholm Resilience Center

Timeline
2010-2012

Description:
The intangible discourse of nature, culture and people
Tri Hita Karama is a belief system that underpins the intangible relationship between the temple temples, nature and the in the Balinese culture. The starting point is the harmonizing role language plays in the negotiation of delicate balance of people, culture, nature and spirituality.

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5. Singapore Voices

Partners:
HSS, ADM, IMI, NTU Museum

Timeline
2009-2011

Description:
The linguistic landscape of Singapore has always been vibrant, with its long history as a trading port, and its start as a population of immigrants from many countries. 25 or more languages have been documented as being spoken by the Singaporean population in the decades up till after independence in 1965. However, in recent years, the number of speakers of minority languages has been dwindling at an alarming rate. Singapore Voices is a project that aims to capture these disappearing languages and bring awareness of the importance of language maintenance and preservation to the public in an accessible, meaningful way.

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6. Language, Culture and Identity in Diaspora

Partners
HSS, ADM

Timeline
2011-2014

Description:
This project aims to give inside into the relationship between culture, identity and language and on about social perception of language and identity within and across language groups. Is it the language we use most frequently? Is it our parents' or grandparents' language? Is it the language of our childhood? Is it the routine customs and rituals that we are used to? How strongly do we feel about these issues? Working with word colleagues, users are given a digital platform where they are able to guess and create character profiles for other Singaporeans.

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7. Lost voices Patchwork Playeum (Singapore Children's Museum)

Timeline
2012-2014

Status
CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT- Coming Soon

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