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Meeting the transcription challenge

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Title:Meeting the transcription challenge
Authors:Himmelmann, Nikolaus P.
Keywords:transcription and translation
documentation theory
language making
metalinguistic knowledge
written vs. spoken language
Date Issued:01 Dec 2018
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Himmelmann, Nikolaus P.. 2018. Meeting the transcription challenge. In McDonnell, Bradley, Andrea L. Berez-Kroeker, and Gary Holton. (Eds.) Reflections on Language Documentation 20 Years after Himmelmann 1998. Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication no. 15. [PP 33-40] Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.
Series:LD&C Special Publication
Abstract:The major challenge for language documentation in the next decade or two is what could be called the transcription challenge. This is a multilayered challenge that goes far beyond the practical challenge of speeding up the transcription process. Transcription, as practiced in language documentation, involves language making and changes the language ecology. Despite its centrality to language documentation, transcription remains critically undertheorized and understudied. Further progress in language documentation, and ultimately also its overall success, crucially depends on further investigating and understanding the transcription process, broadly conceived.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24806
ISBN:978-0-9973295-3-7
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Appears in Collections: LD&C Special Publication No. 15: Reflections on Language Documentation 20 Years After Himmelmann 1998


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