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Capturing Chaos: Rendering Handwritten Language Documents

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dc.contributor.authorHenderson, Johnen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-12-29T07:49:53Z-
dc.date.available2008-12-29T07:49:53Z-
dc.date.issued2008-12en_US
dc.identifier.citationHenderson, John. 2008. Capturing chaos: Rendering handwritten language documents. Language Documentation & Conservation 2(2):212–243.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1934-5275en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10125/4347-
dc.description.abstractThis paper demonstrates how the nature of a source language document, and the broad goals set for the usability of the content, can direct the process of creating digital language documentation from that source. Gerhardt Laves’s handwritten 1931 field notes on Noongar language and culture of southwestern Australia were retranscribed using an XML markup scheme and processed in various ways using XSLT. The central goals were to produce usable resources for community language activities and for linguistic and other scholarly analysis. A specific requirement for a rough facsimile representation, in recognizing that some of the graphic form of the notes was content that should be represented in the markup, contributed significantly to the specification of the markup scheme. Consultation with the Noongar community led to the recognition of Noongar families’ rights in the materials and the recognition of culturally sensitive content, which together led to a requirement for multiple versions with varying content. The general nature of these handwritten notes also raises important issues of reliability and attribution that must be handled in the markup scheme.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Foreign Language Resource Centeren_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Hawai'i Pressen_US
dc.subjecthandwritingen_US
dc.subjectGerhardt Lavesen_US
dc.subjectNoongaren_US
dc.subjectsouthwestern Australiaen_US
dc.subjectXMLen_US
dc.subjectXSLTen_US
dc.titleCapturing Chaos: Rendering Handwritten Language Documentsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.dcmiTexten_US
prism.publicationnameLanguage Documentation & Conservationen_US
prism.volume2en_US
prism.number2en_US
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