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ELAP Workshop:
What Counts (and what doesn't)?
Data and Methodology in Language Documentation

November 4-5, 2006

Endangered Languages Academic Programme
Department of Linguistics
SOAS, London ... location information

The goals of this workshop are to explore what we mean when we refer to "data" and what methodologies we use when collecting, presenting, and analyzing it in an interdisciplinary exchange between anthropologists, historians, linguists, and sociologists. Among the issues to be considered are:

  1. What counts (and what does not count) as data?
  2. Can we make different assumptions about data and still do comparative work?
  3. How do our various areas and disciplines reflect on their own approaches to data and methodology?
  4. Are there different, perhaps conflicting, data traditions within our areas and disciplines?
  5. Do our consultants share our views on what data is? What is their view?
Note: booking is essential   Booking information | Printable workshop flyer

Workshop Program

Saturday November 4

9:00am-9:30am Registration
9:30am-10:00am Welcome and introductory talk
10:00am-11:00am Linda Barwick (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
Data Schmata: some reasons why I think musicians in Wadeye (NT, Australia) have chosen to work with researchers
11:00am-11:30am Break
11:30am-12:30pm Ruth Finnegan (Open University)
Data – but data from what? Or, I’m no longer sure what counts as language, or how and by whom it should be documented
12:30pm-2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm-3:00pm Carson Schütze (UCLA)
What counts as useful, relevant data? An I-Language perspective
3:00pm-3:30pm Break
3:30pm-4:30pm April McMahon (University of Edinburgh)
Making the Most of Limited Data: Network methods and language documentation
4:30pm-5:15pm General discussion

Sunday November 5

9:45am-10:00am Welcome back
10:00am-11:00am Frank Seifart (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
The role of systematic sampling procedures in language documentation
11:00am-11:15am Break
11:15am-12:15pm Maurizio Gnerre (University of Naples, L’Orientale)
Linguist’s multi-layer data and linguistic community’s polyphony
12:15pm-1:00pm General Discussion

*Booking information

To attend the workshop, you need to submit a booking form by Monday 23rd October.

The cost is £10.00 for full registration and £5.00 for student/ELAP alumni/staff registration.