Using TEI for an Endangered Language Lexical Resource: The Nxaʔamxcín Database-Dictionary Project Czaykowska-Higgins, Ewa en_US Holmes, Martin D. en_US Kell, Sarah M. en_US 2014-03-07T21:15:26Z 2014-03-07T21:15:26Z 2014-03 en_US
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. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center en_US
dc.format.extent 37 en_US
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 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1934-5275 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press en_US
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
dc.subject TEI en_US
dc.subject Endangered Languages en_US
dc.subject Dictionary en_US
dc.subject Nxaʔamxcín en_US
dc.subject Database en_US
dc.title Using TEI for an Endangered Language Lexical Resource: The Nxaʔamxcín Database-Dictionary Project en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
prism.endingpage 37 en_US
prism.publicationname Language Documentation & Conservation en_US
prism.startingpage 1 en_US
prism.volume 8 en_US
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