Using Mixed Media Tools for Eliciting Discourse in Indigenous Languages

dc.contributor.author Caldecott, Marion
dc.contributor.author Koch, Karsten
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-03T22:11:37Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-03T22:11:37Z
dc.date.issued 2014-06
dc.description.abstract Prosody plays a vital role in communication, but is one of the most widely neglected topics in language documentation. This omission is doubly detrimental since intonation is unrecoverable from transcribed texts, the most prevalent data sources for many indigenous languages. One of the underlying reasons for the dearth of prosodic data is methodological. Modern technology has removed technical barriers to recording the appropriate data, but traditional methods of elicitation still inhibit accurate documentation of linguistic structures at or above the phrasal level. In addition, these methods do not facilitate the mobilization of linguistic documentation. In this paper, we present techniques that we have developed that address both these concerns: 1) eliciting prosodic data for theoretical analysis, and 2) producing linguistic materials that can be useful for educators and curriculum developers. Highlighting advantages and disadvantages, we compare traditional elicitation and text-gathering methods with two non-traditional methodologies using non-verbal stimuli. These two non-traditional methodologies are aimed at collecting: 1) spontaneous conversation (either unguided, or task-oriented), and 2) partly scripted conversation (aided by multimedia tools). The methodologies are illustrated with original fieldwork on focus and intonation in two related, endangered Interior Salish languages – Nlhe7kepmxcín (Thompson) and St’át’imcets (Lillooet).
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.format.extent 32
dc.identifier.citation Caldecott, Marion, Karsten Koch. 2014. Using Mixed Media Tools for Eliciting Discourse in Indigenous Languages. Language Documentation & Conservation. 8: 209-240.
dc.identifier.issn 1934-5275
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24603
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 language documentation
dc.subject mixed media
dc.subject discourse
dc.subject indigenous languages
dc.subject prosody
dc.title Using Mixed Media Tools for Eliciting Discourse in Indigenous Languages
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.endingpage 240
prism.publicationname Language Documentation & Conservation
prism.startingpage 209
prism.volume 8
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