Keep the Balinese Language Strong!
As with endangered species, the goal with languages should not be to wait until there are only a few remaining survivors and then place them under protection (i.e. make recordings of the last speakers). Rather, we should take the more sustainable path of preserving the diverse natural habitats where minority languages are spoken. This means taking a cultural, political and even economic approach to saving languages ... and starting as soon as possible. We are a collaboration of linguists, anthropologists, students, and laypeople, from within and outside of Bali, who are collaborating to keep Balinese strong and sustainable.
An evolving multimedia "living" Balinese-English-Indonesian reference wiki dictionary
A monthly online poetry contest and an annual live poetry slam
Google's Home Page in Balinese
Educational materials via fun and interactive software to learn Balinese script and conversational Balinese
BASAbali partners with government appointed “Language Ambassadors” and takes the wiki walking! Read more from this piece in MSBR magazine and learn about where the wiki has been going.
The digital tools that threaten local languages also offer potential to keep them alive.
Immediate relief efforts from the impending eruption of Mt Agung are already underway by the government, community, and by an incredible collaboration of NGOs. We will support these efforts now by providing a portion of these funds to transport children from evacuation camps to school. We are also targeting our fundraising efforts for several months[…]
How can plants be used to cure illnesses? Check out our medicinal plant initiative on the wiki!
The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) elegantly relate to the Balinese philosophy of Tri Hita Karana: harmony of people with PEOPLE, harmony of people with NATURE, and harmony of people with the SPIRITUAL. Learn more about the importance of SDG.
With many thanks to the estate of Fred and Margaret Eiseman, we were given access to Fred’s papers. Funding permitting, we’ll put as much of the dictionary works on the wiki dictionary (http://dictionary.basabali.org) as possible. The hard copy of the materials will be housed at Cornell University. If you can help enter data in the[…]
Lestarikan Bahasa Bali Terima kasih sudah meluangkan waktu anda untuk mejawab beberapa pertanyaan dibawah ini. Tujuan survey ini adalah membantu penelitian dengan upaya revitalisasi bahasa. Tolong beri contoh sesuatu yang anda pasang/unggah (post) atau berkomentar di LBB (Lestarikan Basa Bali). Bagaimana cara anda membuat komentar yang serupa tetapi dengan cara bertatap muka dengan[…]
Badung province decides to speak Balinese every Friday in schools and in all levels of government — the initiative of Gde Nala Antara and Ayu Mandala.
Our big news as we head into Galungan is that BASAbali is now part of Agung Rai’s ARMA Museum and Resort. From now on, we’ll be known as BASAbali @ ARMA. We’ll be working with ARMA to infuse more Balinese language into ARMA’s many cultural offerings — Balinese dance performances, art and gamelan classes, lectures on[…]
This program celebrates Balinese, Indonesian and all of the world’s languages as we move into a culture where mother tongues can thrive — and be nourished — along with national and international ones. Monocultures of any type are not sustainable. We need to manage the world’s languages in a holistic and sustainable way just as[…]