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University of California, Santa Barbara -- June 23 - August 1, 2008  

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STEPS IN LANGUAGE DOCUMENTATION
June 23 - 28
Life Science Computing Facility

Instructors
Alice Taff, Assistant Research Professor of Alaska Native Languages
University of Alaska Southeast

Keren Rice, Professor
University of Toronto

 

Course Overview
Steps will give an overview of the entire process of documentation and maintenance, from conceptualization of a project to post-production of linguistic analysis and language-learning materials. We will describe the various dimensions of a documentation project and how they fit together. Steps sessions 1 and 2 will provide a road map to each of the other inField workshops which will teach specific skills for each step. Steps 3 will explore ways to develop video and audio products.

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Steps 1 - Planning and Funding
Becoming informed by the language community. Designing the project. The project as a forum for language transmission. Finding funding. Partnerships. Writing the proposal. Budget considerations. Media promotion.

Steps 2 - Implementation
Travel. Hardware and software. Recruiting assistants and speakers. Working with elders. Recording sessions. Collecting and organizing complete metadata. Archiving the original recordings. Workflow. Considering individual and group language learning processes.

Steps 3 - (A-E are identical, attend one of these sessions) Working with recordings for linguistic analysis and language learning.
Translating and transcribing in time-aligned electronic formats. Migrating data to newer formats. Post-production for linguistic analysis and language learning materials. Attendees may bring short .wav or .mp4 recordings to start work on.

   

This page was last modified on 8 June 2008.
Institute on Field Linguistics and Language Documentation - Dept. of Linguistics, UCSB