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Language Documentation and Archives in South America

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Title: Language Documentation and Archives in South America
Authors: Seifart, Frank
Drude, Sebastian
Franchetto, Bruna
Gasché, Jürg
Golluscio, Lucía
show 1 moreManrique, Elizabeth
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Keywords: South America
Buenos Aires
show 4 moreArgentina
socio-political context
digital language archive
regional and international cooperation

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Issue Date: Jun 2008
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Seifart, Frank, Sebastian Drude, Bruna Franchetto, Jürg Gasché, Lucía Golluscio, and Elizabeth Manrique. 2008. Language documentation and archives in South America. Language Documentation & Conservation 2(1):130-140.
Abstract: This paper addresses a set of issues related to language documentation that are not often explicitly dealt with in academic publications, yet are highly important for the development and success of this new discipline. These issues include embedding language documentation in the socio-political context not only at the community level but also at the national level, the ethical and technical challenges of digital language archives, and the importance of regional and international cooperation among documentation activities. These issues play a major role in the initiative to set up a network of regional language archives in three South American countries, which this paper reports on. Local archives for data on endangered languages have recently been set up in Iquitos (Peru), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and in various locations in Brazil. An important feature of these is that they provide fast and secure access to linguistic and cultural data for local researchers and the language communities. They also make data safer by allowing for regular update procedures within the network.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
ISSN: 1934-5275
Appears in Collections:Volume 02 Issue 1 : Language Documentation & Conservation

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