Unit Bahasa dan Budaya

Unit Bahasa dan Budaya (e-ubb.org) is the result of a cooperative agreement between Arafura Training and Consulting Services (Darwin) and Gereja Masehi Injili di Timor. The Unit is dedicated to vernacular language development and translation of materials within the Indonesian province of Nusa Tenggara Timor and the country of East Timor. We analyze and publish academic studies in the surrounding local languages and promote literacy activities including the development of orthographies for unwritten languages. 

We believe that indigenous cultures are well preserved through writing systems, once local knowledge is written and preserved for future generations in a language the people understand. Vernacular language development also prepares indigenous cultures to meet the demands of a greater world outside their normal geographic boundaries. We regard dictionary production as a key component of vernacular language development.

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