Quickly create web and mobile apps that display dictionary data in an engaging way.

Waldayu and its mobile counterpart Waldayu Mobile make the first dictionary app suite for endangered languages to combine a language agnostic design, customizable approximate search, cross-platform deployability (Web/Android/iOS), and open-source access.

Waldayu, a morphologically possible word meaning “word-tool” in Kwak’wala, allows language communities with pre-existing lexical data and materials to quickly create web and mobile apps that display their data in an engaging way.

Additionally, Waldayu can be used on- or off-line, making it especially useful for remote communities.

Waldayu has been implemented and is in beta testing for over 6 different languages from different language families, including Tsimshianic, Wakashan, Salishan, Sino-Tibetan and Iroquoian.

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Unique features, specifically geared towards language revitalization goals

Language Agnostic Design

Ready to use for any language - including yours!

Customizable Approximate Search

Sophisticated search allows you to get the results you want.

Cross-platform Deployability

Available on the web, as well as on Android and iOS devices.

Free use & Open Source

Licensed under the GNU AGPL V3.0 License, so users always have free access to the app.

Who are we?

Aidan Pine | Lead Developer

Aidan Pine is a settler of European ancestry born in Victoria, BC. Aidan is interested in language revitalization because of its inherently multidisplinary nature and because of the social justice component at the centre of the work. Aidan graduated with an Honors degree in Linguistics and a minor in First Nations Languages from the University of British Columbia. Aidan is also a full-stack web and mobile developer and is interested in the ways that technology can support community-led language revitalization initiatives.

Aidan built on the pre-existing web app Waldayu which was developed by Dr. Patrick Littell, and extended it to mobile platforms. It's Aidan's goal to continue developing Waldayu and to ensure that it remains in the public domain, free, and accessible forever.

Language is power!