Documentary Linguistics Workshop 2012
11–16 February 2012
David Nathan, Anthony Jukes, Nikolaus Himmelmann, Hideo Sawada, Iku Nagasaki, Honoré Watanabe
Institute for the Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
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The Workshop aims to further develop the skills of participants in preparing language documentation data, with a focus on recording, annotation and data management. It will consist of a mix of tutorial/lecture sessions, and guided groupwork sessions. Each group will work towards creating and presenting a small documentation corpus.
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reading from LDD 7
The workshop for 2012 will provide a variety of formal, informal and practical sessions dealing with topics in language documentation including fieldwork, collection and management of data, archiving, audio, video, and ethics. This workshop will take a group-based "workflow" approach, proceeding from theoretical and practical issues in collecting documentation materials (audio, video), to analysing and archiving them.
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Language documentation: what is it? – DN
||Video - AJ
|Fieldwork practicalities - AJ, HW, NH
||Multimedia & mobilisation - DN, AJ
||Archiving - DN
Discuss goals and project – DN
||Data management – DN
Software for transcription & annotation – AJ
|Group project work – DN, AJ, NH
||Corpus integration – DN, AJ, NH
|Set up computers
||Working with speakers – NH, AJ
|Group recording – DN, AJ
Group project presentations
|Corpus integration – DN, AJ, NH
| Text manipulation – HS
|Project planning - DN, AJ, NH
||Group transcription - AJ, NH
||Group project sharing
Whole corpus presentations
- Attendance of this course is limited to invitees.
- Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptop computers
and recording equipment if practical.
- This is a preliminary course outline
Defining documentation | Fieldwork methods and ethics | Archiving and data handling | EMELD School of Best Practice | Encoding | Video and documentation | Multimedia and documentation | Microphones
There are also many good sources on the web - many are catalogued
in our catalogue of Online
Resources for Endangered Languages.
Below are some recommended links.
Nikolaus Himmelmann: Documentary and descriptive linguistics (full version). In Osamu Sakiyama and Fubito Endo eds. Lectures on Endangered Languages: 5 (Endangered Languages of the Pacific Rim, Kyoto, 2002)
Tony Woodbury: Defining Documentary Linguistics
Fieldwork methods and ethics
Collette Grinevald: Speakers and documentation of endangered
AIATSIS: Guidelines for Ethical Research in Indigenous Studies
Archiving and data handling
Peter Austin: Documentation and your data
Heidi Johnson: Language Documentation and Archiving, or How to
Build a Better Corpus
Bird and Simon's paper "Seven dimensions of portability"
David Nathan and Peter Austin: Reconceiving metadata:
language documentation standards through thick and thin
Peter Austin's paper on taming Shoebox
EMELD School of Best Practice
A large amount of excellent material can be found at the E-MELD
School of Best Practice (http://www.emeld.org/school/).
We recommend reading at least the following sections from
- Mediatypes (audio, video)
- Documentation Types (Annotation, Lexicon)
Jost Gippert: Linguistic Documentation and The Encoding of
Jukka Korpela: A tutorial on character code issues
Video and documentation
Gerrit J. Dimmendaal (Language Description and "The New Paradigm": What Linguists May Learn from Ethnocinematographers
Multimedia and documentation
David Nathan: Developing multimedia documentation
David Nathan and Eva Csató: Multimedia: A Community-Oriented
Information and Communication Technology
David Nathan's article on microphones
Peter Patrick: Beginners’ Notes about Using Microphones