March 28, 2006

Carrier Scrabble

That Dakota Scrabble set looks pretty nifty, but I have to point out that the idea of playing Scrabble in endangered languages has a longer history. Back in 1994 we did this for Carrier, and yes, we recalculated the letter frequences and values for Carrier. The program we used to do this can be obtained here. Since we didn't have any money to speak of and didn't want to fuss with getting permission from the owners of the game, we made our sets by buying English Scrabble sets and printing labels with the letters and their values on sheets of sticky-backed paper, which we used to re-label the tiles from the English Scrabble sets.

For a short time I was Carrier Scrabble champion, though I'm afraid that this was due to the fact that I knew how to play rather than to my superior knowledge of the language. The Yinka Dene Language Institute web site has a page explaining what we did.

Posted by Bill Poser at March 28, 2006 12:45 PM