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Tools for Analyzing Verbal Art in the Field

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Title: Tools for Analyzing Verbal Art in the Field
Authors: Turpin, Myfany
Henderson, Lana
Keywords: language documentation
verbal art
linguistic fieldwork
Issue Date: Jun 2015
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Turpin, Myfany & Lana Henerson. 2015. Tools for Analyzing Verbal Art in the Field. Language Documentation & Conservation 9. 89-109.
Abstract: Song is a universal human phenomenon that can shed much light on the nature of language. Despite this, field linguists are not always equipped with the knowledge and skills to analyze song texts and draw out their significances to other areas of language. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for a language community to ask linguists working in the field to record and document their songs. Barwick (2012) identifies a number of reasons why linguists should work on songs and identifies iTunes as a local repository for recordings of songs. This paper expands on these reasons and describes how iTunes software can be used for comparing, retrieving and managing recordings of songs. This not only assists analysis of song structure and text, but is also a useful means of providing the community with recordings, even in the absence of a local repository. The paper draws on our use of iTunes during fieldwork on central Australian Aboriginal songs. Our aim is to share the methodology and workflow we use and to encourage linguists to work on this universal, yet often neglected, aspect of language that is often highly valued within the language community.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
Pages/Duration: 21
ISSN: 1934-5275
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections:Volume 09 : Language Documentation & Conservation

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