Here is some interesting news coming out of Mangaia, the most southern island in the Cook Islands chain.
A small group of people comprised of University of South Pacific Cook Islands, director Rod Dixon, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) professors Tania Ka’ai and John Moorfield and AUT student, Tania Smith, traveled to Mangaia to formally launch a digital dictionary of the island’s dialect.
Professor Tania Ka’ai is enthusiastic about the support the project has been given not only island-wide, but in Australia, New Zealand and overseas. She states, “…this is a way to prevent language revitalisation from even having to occur. They’re planning for the future.”
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The Mangaian dictionary can be accessed at http://taramangaia.com