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Caballero, Gabriela; Carroll, Lucien; Mach, Kevin – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2019
This paper introduces "Kwaras" and "Namuti," two new tools for building, managing, accessing, and mobilizing ELAN-based language documentation corpora. Kwaras integrates WAV files, ELAN annotations, and document metadata into a web-based corpus, allowing immediate access to annotations and recordings. Namuti builds from Kwaras…
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Documentation, Language Research, Users (Information)
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Lobel, Jason William; Surbano, Orlando Vertudez – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2019
Nearly half a century has passed since Philippine educator Teodoro Llamzon discovered the Remontado language, which would be introduced to the world in a master's thesis written by his student Pilar Santos. Although data from the wordlists they collected have been included in subsequent publications by several other authors, no one had revisited…
Descriptors: Documentation, Language Research, Word Lists, Language Maintenance
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Franjieh, Michael – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2019
This paper gives a detailed overview of the archived language documentation materials for the two languages spoken in northern Ambrym, Vanuatu: North Ambrym and Fanbyak. I discuss the speakers and the language situation in northern Ambrym to give readers an introduction to the culture of the area. The archived materials encompass five different…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Documentation, Malayo Polynesian Languages, Archives
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Shulist, Sarah; Rice, Faun – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2019
This paper addresses the gaps between language documentation and language revitalization. It is intended for several audiences, including field linguists interested in supporting endangered language sustainability efforts and participants of all kinds in language revitalization courses, programs, and infrastructure. The authors contend that…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Maintenance, Documentation, Language Research
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Lee, Nala H. – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2018
This paper provides an up-to-date report on the vitality or endangerment status of contact languages around the world, including pidgins, creoles, and mixed languages. By utilizing information featured in the "Endangered Languages Project" and the "Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Languages" online portals, 96 contact languages are…
Descriptors: Language Research, Language Maintenance, Language Skill Attrition, Resource Materials
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Johnson, Lisa M.; Di Paolo, Marianna; Bell, Adrian – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2018
Automated alignment of transcriptions to audio files expedites the process of preparing data for acoustic analysis. Unfortunately, the benefits of auto-alignment have generally been available only to researchers studying majority languages, for which large corpora exist and for which acoustic models have been created by large-scale research…
Descriptors: Language Research, Language Variation, Models, Computational Linguistics
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Boerger, Brenda H.; Stutzman, Verna – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2018
In this paper we describe single-event Rapid Word Collection (RWC) workshop results in 12 languages, and compare these results to fieldwork lexicons collected by other means. We show that this methodology of collecting words by semantic domain by community engagement leads to obtaining more words in less time than conventional collection methods.…
Descriptors: Workshops, Language Maintenance, Language Research, Contrastive Linguistics
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Kaufman, Daniel; Finkel, Raphael – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2018
In this paper we present Kratylos, at www.kratylos.org/, a web application that creates searchable multimedia corpora from data collections in diverse formats, including collections of interlinearized glossed text (IGT) and dictionaries. There exists a crucial lacuna in the electronic ecology that supports language documentation and linguistic…
Descriptors: Language Research, Multimedia Materials, Documentation, Syntax
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Pakendorf, Brigitte; Aralova, Natalia – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2018
Negidal is a Northern Tungusic language closely related to Evenki with two recognized dialects, Upper and Lower Negidal. This nearly extinct language used to be spoken in the Lower Amur region of the Russian Far East by people whose traditional way of life was based on fishing and hunting. While the number of remaining active speakers of Upper…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Language Skill Attrition, Language Fluency, Language Research
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Willis Oko, Christina M. – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2018
As the discipline of language documentation and description evolves, so do the expectations placed on researchers. Current trends emphasize collaborative efforts that prioritize tangible contributions to the community, such as a pedagogical grammar, dictionary, or collection of texts. Some argue that for unwritten languages orthography development…
Descriptors: Documentation, Language Research, Multilingualism, Ethnography
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Skilton, Amalia – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2017
This paper offers a case study on dialect contact in Máíhiki (Tukanoan, Peru), with the goal of illustrating how documentation of variation can contribute to a general language documentation project. I begin by describing the facts of variation in one dialectally diverse Máíhiki-speaking community. I then argue that the outcomes of dialect mixing…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Language Skill Attrition, Language Usage, Native Speakers
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Tagliamonte, Sali A. – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2017
The goal of the paper is to demonstrate how sociolinguistic research can be applied to endangered language documentation field linguistics. It first provides an overview of the techniques and practices of sociolinguistic fieldwork and the ensuring corpus compilation methods. The discussion is framed with examples from research projects focused on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sociolinguistics, Language Research, Dialects
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Abtahian, Maya Ravindranath; Quinn, Conor McDonough – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2017
Variation in language is constant and inevitable. In a vital speech community some variation disappears as speakers age, and some results in long-term change, but all change will be preceded by a period of variation. Speakers of endangered languages may perceive variation in an especially negative light when it is thought to be due to contact with…
Descriptors: Language Variation, Security (Psychology), Speech, Language Minorities
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Hildebrandt, Kristine A.; Hu, Shunfu – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2017
This paper has two aims. One aim is to consider non-structural (language attitude and use) variables as valid in the field of dialect and linguistic geography in an inner Himalayan valley of Nepal, where four languages have traditionally coexisted asymmetrically and which demonstrate different degrees of vitality vs. endangerment. The other aim is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Attitude Measures, Language Usage, Case Studies
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Mansfield, John; Stanford, James – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2017
Documenting sociolinguistic variation in lesser-studied languages presents methodological challenges, but also offers important research opportunities. In this paper we examine three key methodological challenges commonly faced by researchers who are outsiders to the community. We then present practical solutions for successful variationist…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Language Variation, Indigenous Populations, Language Research
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