ERIC Number: EJ1075319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Reference Count: 36
Using TEI for an Endangered Language Lexical Resource: The Nxa?amxcín Database-Dictionary Project
Czaykowska-Higgins, Ewa; Holmes, Martin D.; Kell, Sarah M.
Language Documentation & Conservation, v8 p1-37 2014
This paper describes the evolution of a lexical resource project for Nxa?amxcín, an endangered Salish language, from the project's inception in the 1990s, based on legacy materials recorded in the 1960s and 1970s, to its current form as an online database that is transformable into various print and web-based formats for varying uses. We illustrate how we are using TEI P5 for data-encoding and archiving and show that TEI is a mature, reliable, flexible standard which is a valuable tool for lexical and morphological markup and for the production of lexical resources. Lexical resource creation, as is the case with language documentation and description more generally, benefits from portability and thus from conformance to standards (Bird and Simons 2003, Thieberger 2011). This paper therefore also discusses standards-harmonization, focusing on our attempt to achieve interoperability in format and terminology between our database and standards proposed for LMF, RELISH and GOLD. We show that, while it is possible to achieve interoperability, ultimately it is difficult to do so convincingly, thus raising questions about what conformance to standards means in practice.
Descriptors: Dictionaries, Language Research, Documentation, Standards, Databases, American Indian Languages, Morphology (Languages), Internet
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