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Title: Grammars for the people, by the people, made easier using PAWS and XlingPaper 
Author: Black, Cheryl A.; Black, H. Andrew
Date: 2012-10
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Black, Cheryl A. and Andrew H. Black. 2012. Grammars for the people, by the people, made easier using PAWS and XlingPaper. In Sebastian Nordoff (ed). 2012. Electronic Grammaticography. 103-128. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
Abstract: The task of documenting the minority languages of the world, many of them endangered, is daunting. Further, it is most likely impossible to expect that linguists can go to every language and write a reference grammar for it. At the same time, the indigenous people are becoming more educated and more interested in working on their own languages. This paper describes a computational tool that teaches native speakers about various linguistic constructions, has them enter data from their language and answer simple questions about it, and then produces a draft of a practical grammar of the language. This grammar can be edited for publishing electronically and/or on paper and is useful for the people themselves as well as by linguists.

The underlying XML technology allows much of the complexity to be hidden from the user, while providing multiple views and outputs possible from the same data. The marked-up XML files are archivable and usable by many XML editors. Localization and customization are also possible.
Series/Report No.: LD&C Special Publication 04
Sponsorship: National Foreign Language Resource Center
ISBN: 978-0-9856211-1-7

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