Spoken Karaim : project description Karaim CD

Karaim Beta distribution

May 2001: The Spoken Karaim CD-ROM is now in limited distribution as a Beta publication. It has been sent to about 100 people, including Karaims, scholars and others, around the world. Following feedback from the initial recipients, it will be made available to interested persons at no charge later in 2001.

Supporting documents for the Beta distribution:

Coverletter (PDF format) | Beta tester's report form (HTML) | Beta tester's report form (PDF format)
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About the Karaim CD-ROM project

The project's main purpose is to produce an interactive multimedia CD that will

  • support the Karaim community in its efforts to maintain its language and pass the language to the younger generation
  • provide a companion sound resource for the forthcoming book Spoken Karaim which describes the Karaim language
  • provide information about the Karaim language and community
The CD includes stories spoken in Karaim, written texts, a dictionary, video clips, pictures, and Karaim music. These elements are comprehensively hyperlinked to allow the sounds, texts and dictionary to be used in many different ways.

Because Karaim is an endangered language, this multimedia resource can offer several particular benefits: real sound recordings from noted community members, a variety of cultural artefacts including images and songs, in a medium that is attractive and motivating to the younger generation.

The CD uses a navigational metaphor based on the map of the Karaim street in Trakai, Lithuania. Therefore, user interactions with the CD contents will depend on their knowledge of the community and its locality.

This CD project was started in January 1998 under the auspices of the Institute for the Study of Languages and Cultures of Africa and Asia at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and will be completed in mid 2001. The project draws upon the materials collected by Eva Agnes Csato during a three year project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft at the University of Cologne.

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