This week’s language was going to be Tsafiki, a Barbacoan language with a fantastic documentation project run by Connie Dickinson. However … the main page for the site is a link that goes here. The ISP was taken over and the link no longer works, and I haven’t been able to find out if there’s a new page. The Rosetta Project is down, too. That leaves
- A sketch here on everything2.com
- The wikipedia entry for Barbacoan languages.
- A language policy article for Ecuador.
There are more articles which include information about Barbacoan languages, including Tsafiki (which is also called Colorado), but I use this as an excellent example of why archiving is not the same as putting your materials on the web.*
*As far as I know, the Tsafiki project is well archived off-line. However, it’s an excellent example of how a single event (like an ISP being taken over by another company) can cause access loss, and why web publishing isn’t equivalent to archiving.