Using TEI for an Endangered Language Lexical Resource: The Nxaʔamxcín Database-Dictionary Project

dc.contributor.author Czaykowska-Higgins, Ewa
dc.contributor.author Holmes, Martin D.
dc.contributor.author Kell, Sarah M.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-07T21:15:26Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-07T21:15:26Z
dc.date.issued 2014-03
dc.description.abstract This paper describes the evolution of a lexical resource project for Nxaʔamxcín, an endangered Salish language, from the project’s inception in the 1990s, based on legacy materials recorded in the 1960s and 1970s, to its current form as an online database that is transformable into various print and web-based formats for varying uses. We illustrate how we are using TEI P5 for data-encoding and archiving and show that TEI is a mature, reliable, flexible standard which is a valuable tool for lexical and morphological markup and for the production of lexical resources. Lexical resource creation, as is the case with language documentation and description more generally, benefits from portability and thus from conformance to standards (Bird and Simons 2003, Thieberger 2011). This paper therefore also discusses standards-harmonization, focusing on our attempt to achieve interoperability in format and terminology between our database and standards proposed for LMF, RELISH and GOLD. We show that, while it is possible to achieve interoperability, ultimately it is difficult to do so convincingly, thus raising questions about what conformance to standards means in practice.
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.format.extent 37
dc.identifier.citation Czaykowska-Higgins, Ewa, Martin D. Holmes, and Sarah M. Kell. 2014. Using TEI for an Endangered Language Lexical Resource: The Nxaʔamxcín Database-Dictionary Project. Language Documentation & Conservation. 8: 1-37
dc.identifier.issn 1934-5275
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4604
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject TEI
dc.subject Endangered Languages
dc.subject Dictionary
dc.subject Nxaʔamxcín
dc.subject Database
dc.title Using TEI for an Endangered Language Lexical Resource: The Nxaʔamxcín Database-Dictionary Project
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.endingpage 37
prism.publicationname Language Documentation & Conservation
prism.startingpage 1
prism.volume 8
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