Video Documentation of the Barayin language

By Martha Tsutsui|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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Communities in Control: Learning tools and strategies for multilingual endangered language communities

By Martha Tsutsui|July 6, 2017|Event & Training Recaps|0 comments

The Mercator Research Centre, SOAS World Languages Institute, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation and the Foundation for Endangered Languages cordially invite scholars, community organisations and community members working on the revitalization of endangered languages, its documentation and archiving to join the International Conference on “Communities in Control” that will take place in Alcanena, Portugal, on October 19-21 2017. This conference is organised together with the Foundation of

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A Day in the Field: Azeb Amha

By Martha Tsutsui|June 29, 2017|A Day in the Field|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, depositor and ELDP grantee Azeb Amha gives readers some insight into the daily routine of her documentation project, documentation of house construction and terrace farming in Zargulla, an endangered Omotic language.  1. Please tell us a bit about where you are doing your fieldwork. My fieldwork is based in ɗimalle k’ebele[1] in the Bonke district of Gamo-Gofa Zone. ɗimalle is approximately 500 km south-west from

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Community Member Bio: Nelita Cristobal

By Martha Tsutsui|June 22, 2017|Community Member Bios|0 comments

 This week on the ELAR blog, ELDP grantee Alexandro Garcia Laguia interviews Nelita Cristobal, an Alta speaker who is working with him to document the Northern Alta language in the Phillipines. Thank you to Alexandro and Nelita for providing this interview! 1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your language? My name is Nelita Cristobal, but most people here call me ‘Ate Tikkay’. I was born in in 1962

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Elan/Praat Machine Segmenting

By Martha Tsutsui|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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Project Profile: Documenting Ramari Hatohobei, the Tobian language, a severely endangered Micronesian language

By William Harvey Parker|June 8, 2017|Project Profiles|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, Peter and Bobby Black discuss their  project documenting Tobian. Tobian (Ramari Hatohobei) is the language of Tobi, one of the Southwest Islands of the Republic of Palau, a Micronesian nation in the western Pacific. Severely endangered, Tobian is currently spoken by approximately 150 people. Tobian and the dialects of Sonsorol, Merir, and Pulo Anna, the other three Southwest Islands, are closely related to the languages

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ELAR & Chouette Films Video Installation: Eegimaa: plants, rituals & rice farming

By Martha Tsutsui|June 6, 2017|Video Installation|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are sharing the LAST short film from the video installation created by Anna and Remy Sowa of Chouette Films. The film featured in this post was created from footage from the ELAR deposit Documentation of Gújjolaay Eegimaa (Basse-Casamance – Southern Senegal) deposited by ELDP grantee Serge Sagna. Thank you to Anna, Remy, Serge, and the speakers who made this film possible! All of the beautiful short films can be viewed

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ELAR & Chouette Films Video Installation: Eastern Khanty

By Martha Tsutsui|June 1, 2017|Video Installation|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are sharing the next short film from the video installation created by Anna and Remy Sowa of Chouette Films. The film featured in this post was created from footage from the ELAR deposit primary data of Vasyugan and Aleksandrovo dialects of Eastern Khanty deposited by ELDP grantee Andrey Filchenko. Vasyugan river dialect becomes an extinct language. Living now in large multi-ethnic villages, the very few remaining speakers are

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Meakambut at Amiñimba

By William Harvey Parker|May 25, 2017|Video Installation|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are sharing some footage from the Meakambut ways of speaking: Audio-visual documentation of communication practices in a small semi-nomadic hunter-and-gatherer society in Papua New Guinea deposited by ELDP grantee Darja Hoenigman. On this film, Darja writes: The Meakambut are a group of 62 tropical foragers living and moving in their mountainous limestone country in the Northern fringe of Papua New Guinea Highlands. They speak their

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ELAR & Chouette Films Video Installation: Dulong (Trung)

By Martha Tsutsui|May 11, 2017|Video Installation|0 comments

This week on the ELAR blog, we are sharing the next short film from the video installation created by Anna and Remy Sowa of Chouette Films. The film featured in this post was created from footage from the ‘Documentation and Description of Dulong (Trung)‘ deposit at ELAR, deposited by ELDP grantee Ross Perlin. On this film, Ross wrote: Dulong (Trung) people live along the river and have several traditional ways of fishing. One sunny

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