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Data Processing and its Impact on Linguistic Analysis

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dc.contributor.authorMargetts, Annaen_US
dc.identifier.citationMargetts, Anna. 2009. Data Processing and its Impact on Linguistic Analysis. Language Documentation & Conservation 3(1):87-99en_US
dc.description.abstractThe Saliba-Logea documentation project has been working toward a web-based text database with text-audio linkage and searchable annotations. In this article, I discuss the impact that the nature of data processing can have on linguistic analysis, and I demonstrate this on the basis of two research topics: the positioning of Postpositional Phrases and the distribution of plural markers. Saliba-Logea PPs can be ambiguous as to whether they belong to the preceding or following clause. To investigate whether there is a correlation between a PP’s position and its semantic role, text-only transcriptions turn out to be insufficient. The second question relates to the Saliba-Logea plural suffix, which originally occurred only on nouns with human referents. However, some speakers use it in novel contexts, and in order to investigate these extended uses and who drives them, access to metadata about the speakers is required. I show that text-audio linkage can be a prerequisite for analyzing syntactic constructions and that access to metadata can have a direct effect on the linguistic analysis.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Foreign Language Resource Centeren_US
dc.format.extent13 pagesen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Hawai'i Pressen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives Licenseen_US
dc.subjectdata processingen_US
dc.subjecttext-audio linken_US
dc.subjectpostpositional phraseen_US
dc.subjectplural markeren_US
dc.titleData Processing and its Impact on Linguistic Analysisen_US
prism.publicationnameLanguage Documentation & Conservationen_US
Appears in Collections:Volume 03 Issue 1 : Language Documentation & Conservation

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