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Title: Plenary: Linguistic data types and documentary linguistics 
Author: Himmelmann, Nikolaus
Date: 2009-03-14
Abstract: This talk presents a basic typology of the kinds of data relevant for linguistic theorizing, based on the degree
to which they are analyzed and hence abstracted from a specific act of linguistic performance. The three basic
stages in data processing distinguished here are: raw data, primary data, and structural (or secondary) data.
Although these stages are clearly interrelated and interdependent, it is argued that for each type and processing
stage there is a different set of useful practices and evaluation metrics, some of which are discussed in more
detail in the remainder of the talk. While strictly speaking, only structural data are relevant for linguistic theorizing,
the discipline also needs to pay close attention to the first two types of data, at least if it aspires to be an empirical
science. Which provides the (disciplinary) raison d’être for documentary linguistics.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/5162
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

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