What is a language? What does it mean Chinese (language)? Is Cantonese a language or dialect as written language/spoken language? Currently a language is defined by linguists, researchers and in some cases policy makers. World's languages database of Ethnologue.org is administered by SIL.org. However Ethnologue only offer limited use by public, five pages free visit of the languages data per day and the site is in English. What are the other alternative of language data?
The presentation is an interaction with the audience and invitation for collaborative proposal(s) of language open standard, open data in Chinese/national languages to discuss the following questions:
What are right and duty of the general public as native speakers, a community of language users and a nation, especially those national language is not English, in:
- use the data about languages
- define language and the standard of defining a languages
Is natural language open source? Is the spoken and written Cantonese open source? How the Hong Kong open source/culture community implement or resolve the issue in local and global perspective?
Jeremiah Chung has been a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators since 1993. From 1995 to 2014 he served as Translation Advisor, Linguist, Training Coordinator, and Consultant for Applied Linguistics and Language Technology with SIL (Vanuatu) and SIL (East Asia).
He earned his Doctor of Ministry with thesis title: "Engaging Chinese Diaspora for Bible Translation Ministry" at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (USA), Graduate Diploma in Anthropological Linguistics (Australia), MCS (USA), BCS (HK) and Diploma in Applied Linguistics (Singapore). He is also the author of A descriptive grammar of Merei (Vanuatu) and a presenter at the international conferences of Translation Studies, Bible Translation and Linguistics.
Currently he is a consultant for networking and engagement of natural language generation projects with AllTheWord.org (a.k.a. The Bible Translator’s Assistant). Recently he started a project, ABCD -- Audio Bible of Chinese Dialects/Diaspora., which inspired him to tackle with the subject.