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#3330: Awareness of MIT2 Growing in Haitian Circles & Beyond (fwd)
Below are several examples of the growing awareness in Haitian Circles of the
work Mason Integrated Technologies (MIT2) has been doing for the advancement
of the Haitian Creole language.
1) TANBOU / TAMBOUR (a trilingual journal of Haitian political and literary
studies which is published in Cambridge, MA) has listed us within their
"Haitian resources on the Internet: Our A–Z list of web sites and e-mail
Scroll down to M and you will find MIT2 hotlinks under the entry "M—Marilyn
Mason: Mason Integrated Technologies Ltd".
2) During this Holy Week - Easter season, I'd like to point you to an
attractively designed page containing the Biblical story of the sufferings of
Jesus -- in Creole. It is found at:
I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to see this and wrote the following to
the publisher of Haiti Online:
"Your Holy Week tribute on HOL is beautiful. And I'm proud you published it
This was Dr. Yves Renaud's reply:
"I did it for you. That's why I added the MIT2 logo* on the page. By the way,
I had the document in the older Creole version. I had to manually change the
"in", or "roi", etc. I almost emailed you the text for orthographic
conversion. Because of the deadline (I wanted to post this on Good Friday), I
did it myself. Next time, I'll e-mail the text to you."
*Haiti Online has also placed an MIT2 publicity graphic in the left margin of
its main news page at: http://www.haitionline.com/actuel.htm
The graphic is hot-linked to the Main MIT2 Web Site. As a result, Internet
traffic to all of our Web Sites has skyrocketed.
3) The Haitian Times, a full color weekly Haitian English-language newspaper,
which learned of the strategic alliance which is being forged between Mason
Integrated Technologies and CreoleTrans (a Haitian Creole translation agency
out of Miami -- http://www.creoletrans.com), this past Tuesday sent one of
its reporters to conduct an on-site interview in Miami with Fedo Boyer of
CreoleTrans, part of which was linked with me in Boston via speakerphone.
As a result, a feature article will be published in this coming Wednesday's
print edition of the Haitian Times. Don't know yet if a portion of it will
appear in the Web-based edition (http://www.haitiantimes.com), which usually
appears on Thursdays.
4) One of my recently published short articles (entitled "Authoring and
Documentation Workflow Tools for Haitian Creole - a Minority Language"),
which was recently published in Germany in Technical Communicators' (TC)
Forum Magazine (volume 1-2000 - January-March 2000, pp. 8-9), is now
available on-line at:
To download the issue containing this article in PDF format (you'll need
Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and print this document), go to the link above;
click on "Paper Version" in the left-hand margin; then click on "the most
recent issue". Both a 1 MB (with title page) and 300 KB (without title page)
version are available.
As I leave for Seattle this coming week to participate in the Association for
Natural Language Processing Conference (ANLP2000) and the Controlled Language
Applications Workshop (CLAW2000), I am mindful that not only are our roots
growing deeper into the soil of contextualization in Creole societies, our
trunk is getting thicker as our infrastructure is being strengthened, and our
branches are spreading out further and further in order for the essence of
Creole languages and cultures to flow upward to be integrated into the very
design and content of the next generation of language technology tools.
Think good thoughts as I participate in these 2 Seattle conferences, which
will give MIT2 its first opportunity to be showcased to corporate CEOs, CFOs,
and language technologies R&D specialists. Should any of the computer
industry "big players" conclude that it would be in their best interests to
invest in MIT2 so that we can gear up to do the R&D to expand the
functionality of their existing software products to more language groups --
we could be up and running sooner than we think!
In addition, if any of you are in a position to do so, I would encourage you
to invest at least $500 US (for 50 shares of stock) in the company so that we
can cover the expenses of our next steps of growth.
Purchasing stock in Mason Integrated Technologies Ltd (MIT2) is a very simple
process. All you have to do is fill out a stock purchase form (which can be
downloaded from http://hometown.aol.com/mit2usa/Investing.html), issue a
check made out to Mason Integrated Technologies Ltd, and mail that check and
the stock purchase form to Mason Integrated Technologies Ltd, PO Box 181015,
Boston, MA 02118.
(The current stock price is $10.00 US per share and can be purchased in lots
as small as 50. Minimum purchase price is $500.00 US.)
When such checks are received, I do these two things:
1) personally send an acknowledgement letter, and
2) send the stock form and check to our Treasurer, who records the
transaction and deposits the check to the MIT2 account. Then, a Stock
Certificate is issued in your name and sent to you by certified mail.
>From then on, as a shareholder in MIT2, you will receive update information
and reports on a regular basis and you are invited to attend the Annual
Shareholders Meeting of the Company, usually held in the months of May or
June each year.
Each share of stock you own represents a vote at the Shareholders Meeting! As
a stockholder and part owner of the company, you have a say!
In an otherwise uncertain atmosphere where one wonders "what can I do to help
a place like Haiti?", here is a strategic, tangible way to act: Let's work at
preparing the way for written Haitian Creole, as well as other minority and
vernacular languages, to not only survive but thrive into this new Digital
Marilyn Mason, President
Mason Integrated Technologies Ltd
P.O. Box 181015
Boston, MA 02118 USA
(617) 247-8885 (office & answering machine)
(617) 262-8923 (FAX)
Mason Integrated Technologies Ltd Home Page:
MIT2 President's Update:
Introducing CreoleScan(tm) and CreoleConvert(tm):
Orthographically Converted HC Texts Download Site:
Meet Marilyn Mason (includes publications list):
MIT2 Job Opportunities: