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Integrating archives and new documentation: The Berkeley Yurok Language Project

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Title:Integrating archives and new documentation: The Berkeley Yurok Language Project
Authors:Garrett, Andrew
Contributors:Garrett, Andrew (speaker)
Date Issued:14 Mar 2009
Description:Yurok is a severely endangered language still spoken by about half a dozen elderly people in northwestern California. Though it has not been used on a daily basis in any households for a decade or longer, there is an active language revitalization program and considerable community interest in linguistic and cultural revival. Academic anthropologists and linguists have documented Yurok since 1901 (non-academic documentation began earlier), with especially intense phases of work in the first, sixth, and ninth decades of the twentieth century and since 2001. A short grammar was published by R. H. Robins (1958) and numerous analytic publications have appeared in linguistics journals over the years. But the vast majority of documentary work is still unpublished, in the form of field notes by numerous scholars (A. L. Kroeber, Edward Sapir, J. P. Harrington, and others) and audio recordings in various media. The latter range from wax cylinders recorded as early as 1902 to recordings made in 2008. The Yurok Language Project at the University of California, Berkeley has assembled new and legacy data into a set of integrated databases, comprising a lexicon, several thousand short audio files, more than a hundred separate texts, and photos and other encylopedic information. We have developed an innovative web-based interface allowing users to move seamlessly among the various sub-parts of the database, for example looking up lexicon entries while reading texts or seeing illustrative text examples and hearing sample audio clips within the lexicon. The resulting web archive is among the largest integrated databases of its kind for any nonliterary language. In this presentation I will illustrate the web interface and describe the structure of the underlying database.
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
Appears in Collections: 1st International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC)

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