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Aikuma is an Android app for recording and translating spoken language. It has applications in language learning, folklore, cultural preservation, and journalism. Aikuma won the Open Source Software World Challenge in 2013.
What's your vision?
Ten icons that represent different kinds of language recording, to be used for tagging and searching large audio collections. The icons should be in a consistent style and provided in un/selected versions. The design should be clean, simple, flat, and monochrome (#4C516D). Solid figures would match our app icon (below), but this should not be seen as restrictive. 1. dialogue: conversations and interviews involving two or more people; 2. drama: plans and enacted scenes involving two or more people; 3. formulaic: ritual discourse incl prayers, oaths, blessings, curses; 4. ludic: play languages, jokes 5. oratory: public speaking, incl sermons, lectures, political speeches; 6. narrative: monologue, incl history, personal, folklore; 7. procedural: explanation of a method, incl recipes, instructions, plans; 8. report: a factual account of some event, incl news, commentary; 9. singing: chants, songs, choruses; 10. unintelligible: utterances not intended to be interpreted, incl sacred languages, glossolalia, singing syllables (fa-la-la). UPDATE: * the icons should involve talking heads * the app is used in a language context so a figure with an open mouth can be assumed to be talking, so no need for speech bubbles * the app is used in indigenous communities where there is no written language: so don't represent instructions as a numbered list, or music as notes in western-style notation * widely used characters like ! and ? might be used (e.g. ? beside a speaker could indicate unintelligible speech) * the app icon is probably not a good starting place for these icons SUGGESTIONS: 1. dialogue: two people facing each other, both talking 2. drama: two people gesticulating 3. formulaic: a person holding out a hand giving a blessing 4. ludic: a person laughing 5. oratory: a person speaking loudly from behind a lecturn 6. narrative: a person talking (possibly with a seated person listening) 7. procedural: a person showing someone how to make something 8. report: like narrative but surrounded by a TV screen 9. singing: a person singing, with wavy lines to indicate music 10. unintelligible: a person talking, in an ecstatic state
The ten categories are the "OLAC Discourse Types", and more documentation is available here: http://www.language-archives.org/REC/discourse.html
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