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Basic oral language documentation

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Title: Basic oral language documentation
Authors: Reiman, D. Will
Keywords: oral language documentation
oral annotation
Issue Date: Dec 2010
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Reiman, D. Will. 2010. Basic oral language documentation. Language Documentation & Conservation 4. 254-268.
Abstract: Since at least 1992, when Michael Krauss presented the topic of language endangerment in Language, linguists have been wrestling with the problem that languages are disappearing from the earth faster than they can be satisfactorily documented. This paper advocates a methodology for documenting languages that minimizes the use of high-cost means of recording comments on recorded language data (written annotation), focusing instead on making low-cost means (oral annotation) more effective. I present here a brief history of the origins of the method, detail how the annotation process is executed, and evaluate its effectiveness in several dimensions. Finally, since it is an emerging technique, I will also discuss the directions in which the research on this methodology ought to develop.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
Pages/Duration: 15 pages
ISSN: 1934-5275
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
Appears in Collections:Volume 04 : Language Documentation & Conservation

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