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Nick Evans at Sekolah Anak Indonesia

Nicholas Evans

Date: 12 January 2016

Sekolah Anak Indonesia (SAI) is an educational foundation based in the city of Bogor (West Java) with an extensive residency program for kids from several Papuan groups, speaking languages such as Lani, Dani, Asmat, Tambrauw and Tolikara. 

While in Indonesia in January, Nick Evans visited the Sekolah Anak Indonesia and spoke to the students and staff there about the richness and importance of minority languages, and their special importance in Indonesia as the country with the second most languages in the world.

Many of the kids made short video wordlists in their languages beforehand, with Indonesian translations, an interesting exploration in how enthusiastic school pupils may be drawn into language documentation.

Asmat students at the school presented a short Asmat-Indonesian dictionary they have been compiling.

CNN Indonesia picked up the story and while at the school Nick was interviewed by well-known presenter Desi Anwar on a range of language topics. The visit was facilitated by SAI staff member Andriana Winoto.

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