Remote Linguistic Elicitation Methods

By ELAR Archive|June 25, 2020|Documentation Software & Tools, Long Reads|0 comments

This week on the ELAR blog, ELDP grantee Richard T. Griscom gives us some insights on his experiences conducting fieldwork remotely – something he also recently discussed on ELAR depositor Martha Tsutsui Billins’ podcast Fieldnotes. Richard’s ELAR collection ‘Documentation of Isimjeeg Datooga’ can be accessed here. By Richard T. Griscom The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives. For those working with endangered language communities the travel

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Introducing lameta

By ELAR Archive|April 30, 2020|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

lameta is a new tool for preparing data for archiving. It allows you to enter and edit metadata, link metadata records to resource files, keep track of your data management work, and export data sets for upload to an archive. lameta is available for Windows and Mac and can be downloaded via this link. lameta greatly simplifies management of collections and makes the archiving process straightforward and painless for field workers.

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Wireless Mics in language documentation

By ELAR Archive|February 13, 2020|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

Today on the ELAR Blog, ELDP Grantee Bill Parker tells us about the usefulness of wireless mics in language documentation.   Wireless Mics in language documentation By Bill Parker The use of wireless mics is an industry standard in film and television, however in language documentation we largely rely on wired mics. For most of us, this is likely due to cost concerns and fear of unexpected technical problems. In this

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Introducing DoReCo: Language Documentation Reference Corpora

By ELAR Archive|July 25, 2019|Documentation Software & Tools, Research|0 comments

On the ELAR blog this week, we are introducing the DoReCo project (Language Documentation Reference Corpus). DoReCo started in March 2019 and is a French-German collaborative project that brings together spoken language corpora from about 50 languages, extracted from documentations of small and often endangered languages. Matt Stave, postdoctoral researcher at Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage in Lyon, tells us more about the project and its aims. Please can you tell us a

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Extracting .wav from .mp4 with ffmpeg

By ELAR Archive|June 18, 2018|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are sharing another post from ELDP grantee, Nick Williams on extracting .wav from .mp4 with ffmpeg. Nick works in Indonesia researching Kula, an endangered non-Austronesian language spoken in the eastern highlands of Alor.  In addition to concatenating and converting our original video files, we also need to extract the audio files. This is very easy with ffmpeg and the best thing about it is we can

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Combining .mov files with FFmpeg (on a Mac)

By ELAR Archive|June 15, 2018|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are sharing a post from ELDP grantee, Nick Williams on combining .mov files with FFmpeg (for Mac users). Nick works in Indonesia researching Kula, an endangered non-Austronesian language spoken in the eastern highlands of Alor.  Video version: https://youtu.be/c1YWg-5LCYw I am currently working as a postdoc on a project focused on video documentation of multilingualism and everyday interaction in the northwest Amazon, focusing on two East Tukano languages,

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Linguistic map making: Drawing polygons

By ELAR Archive|May 21, 2018|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

Hedvig has written on how Ethnologue has become even more restricted than it already was, and what resources are out there that could be used instead. One of the things I miss from Ethnologue are its maps – although at least recently it was still possible to access most of these, by downloading them instead of viewing them on your browser. In her post, Hedvig points out that Langscape can

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ELAN: making tier(s) out of search results

By ELAR Archive|May 10, 2018|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

Here is another guide for how to do something practical in ELAN. Previously, we relayed Eri Kashima’s guide for sensible auto-segmentation with PRAAT and ELAN (time saver!). (For all posts about fieldwork on this blog, see this tag.) This time: how to take your search results and make the matching annotations into new separate tier(s). This is useful if you for example want to cycle through only the annotations that

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Video Documentation of the Barayin language

By ELAR Archive|July 27, 2017|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, Joey Lovestrand discusses his use of video in his language documentation work on the Barayin language in Chad. When I first went to Chad in 2010 and began working with speakers of the Barayin language, the idea of video documentation seemed unreasonable. I didn’t have the funds for the equipment or space to store the data, and I wasn’t sure how people would react to

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Elan/Praat Machine Segmenting

By ELAR Archive|June 15, 2017|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, Eri Kashima shares her tried and true segmenting shortcuts for depositors working with ELAN and Praat. Read on for a step-by-step walkthrough of her process:  My number one hated stage in transcription work is segmenting. I would sit there fuming while manually segmenting the recordings I made before I could even start transcribing. It was frustrating because it seemed like something that a machine could to

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