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Language Documentation and Description Volume 2


Language Documentation and Description (Peter Austin ed.) is a collection of papers dealing with three topics in language documentation:

  • training and capacity building for endangered languages communities
  • archiving
  • multimedia documentation

Most of the papers arose from workshops held at SOAS in November 2003 and February 2004. They represent important contributions to the theory and practice of the new field of language documentation by some of the leading scholars in the field, along with contributions from younger researchers. The volume will be of interest to anyone concerned with documenting and describing languages.

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  • Introduction Peter K. Austin
  • Dictionary making in endangered speech communities Ulrike Mosel
  • Language endangerment, language documentation and capacity building: challenges from New Guinea William A. Foley
  • Countering purism: confronting the emergence of new varieties in a training program for community language workers Margaret Florey
  • The need for capacity building in Mexico. Misión de Chichimecas, a case study Yolanda Lastra
  • Training speakers of indigenous languages of Latin America at a US university Anthony C. Woodbury and Nora C. England
  • Linguistic study by speakers: efforts of an Institute E.Annamalai
  • Capacity building for some endangered languages of Russia: voices from Tundra and Taiga Tjeerd de Graaf and Hidetoshi Shiraishi
  • Capacity building in an African context Gerrit J. Dimmendaal
  • Language planning in West Africa - who writes the script? Friederike Lüpke
  • Language documentation and archiving, or how to build a better corpus Heidi Johnson
  • Documentation in practice: developing a linked media corpus of South Efate Nicholas Thieberger
  • Planning multimedia documentation David Nathan
  • Reconceiving metadata: language documentation through thick and thin David Nathan and Peter K. Austin


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