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Language Landscape: Supporting community-led language documentation

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Title: Language Landscape: Supporting community-led language documentation
Authors: Sandy Ritchie
Samantha Goodchild
Ebany Dohle
Issue Date: Feb 2016
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Ritchie, Sandy, Samantha Goodchild, and Ebany Dohle. 2016. Language Landscape: Supporting community-led language documentation. In Vera Ferreira and Peter Bouda (eds.). Language Documentation and Conservation in Europe. 121-132. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
Series/Report no.: LD&C Special Publication
Abstract: Different groups have differing motivations for participating in language documentation projects. Linguists want to increase our knowledge of languages and linguistic theory, but constraints on their work may lead to issues with their documentation projects, including their representations of the languages they study. Native speakers participate to maintain and develop their language, and may choose to represent it in a way which showcases their culture and attitudes. In order to encourage more native speakers to take part in documentation projects, a simple integrated system is required which will enable them to record, annotate and publish recordings. Language Landscape, our web-based application, enables native speakers to publish their recordings, and Aikuma, a mobile application for documentation, enables them to record and orally translate recordings, in both cases with minimal cost and training required. Language Landscape benefits communities by allowing them to document their language as they see fit, as demonstrated by our outreach program, through which some London school children created their own projects to document their own languages and those spoken around them.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
ISBN: 978-0-9856211-5-5
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Appears in Collections:LD&C Special Publication No. 9: Language Documentation and Conservation in Europe

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