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To BOLDly Go Where No One Has Gone Before

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Title: To BOLDly Go Where No One Has Gone Before
Authors: Boerger, Brenda
Keywords: BOLD
data corpus
language documentation
Issue Date: Dec 2011
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Boerger, Brenda. 2011. "To BOLDly Go Where No One Has Gone Before." Language Documentation & Conservation. 5: 208-233..
Abstract: In this article, I report on a survey designed as the first step in testing claims made regarding
the potential of Basic Oral Language Documentation (BOLD) for addressing the urgency
of the documentation task. BOLD was developed in response to a number of language
documentation challenges, its aim being to design a time-effective way to obtain a core
data corpus, thereby allowing for more endangered languages to be documented faster. After
providing background about BOLD and its claims, I report on its use in six field projects
which had varying durations and goals. These preliminary results confirm BOLD’s overall
soundness, while suggesting minor adjustments in design and protocols. I invite the language
documentation community to participate in BOLD in three ways: (1) make BOLD
corpora of undocumented languages a funding priority, (2) use it and require it of students,
and (3) help refine BOLD best practices. Since the current rate of new documentations is
not keeping pace with language loss, it is only by adopting this or a similar strategy that
speech practices of communities around the world can be documented before it is too late.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
Pages/Duration: 26 pages
ISSN: 1934-5275
Rights: Creative Commons, Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Appears in Collections:Volume 05 : Language Documentation & Conservation

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