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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BIG Cities, Small LANGUAGES – BISL 2018

By ELAR Archive|April 30, 2018|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

The SOAS World Languages Institute (UK), Mercator Research Centre, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation and the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) cordially invite scholars, community organisations and community members to join the International Conference on “BIG Cities, Small LANGUAGES” that will take place on November 14-16 2018, at the ZAS in Berlin, Germany. By now it is generally known that linguistic diversity of humanity is on the rapid

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Project Highlight: Tonsawang: a collaborative multimedia project documenting an endangered language of North Sulawesi

By ELAR Archive|April 23, 2018|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, ELDP grantee Tim Brickell discusses a session collected during his documentation project on the Tonsawang language. Tim has been researching endangered languages in North Sulawesi since 2011. His research profile can be viewed here.  My ELDP documentation project (IPF0246) involves working with community members from the villages of Silian and Kali Oki’ in the Tonsawang/Toundanow (Malayo-Polynesian > Western Malayo-Polynesian > Philippine > Minahasan) speaking area situated in Southeast Minahasa

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A Day in the Field: Martha Tsutsui Billins

By ELAR Archive|April 16, 2018|A Day in the Field|1 comments

Today, Martha Tsutsui Billins from ELAR is on the blog discussing her current fieldwork in Amami Oshima, Japan. Martha is doing a Ph.D. at SOAS, University of London in Linguistics, where she is researching honorifics in Southern Amami Oshima, a Ryukyuan language spoken in Japan. Please tell us a bit about where you are doing your fieldwork. Amami Oshima is a small island south of Kyushu, Japan. Amami was part of

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Project Highlight: Documentation of Sri Lanka Portuguese

By ELAR Archive|April 6, 2018|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring an ELDP project highlight from one of our grantees, Hugo Cardoso, who is researching the creole language Sri Lanka Portuguese (also known as Sri Lanka Creole Portuguese or Burgher Portuguese). Impact on Community/Speakers: One of the characteristics of this project is that it combines language documentation with ethnomusicological research – for reasons that have to do with the community’s contributions to overall

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Advice to New Fieldworkers

By ELAR Archive|March 26, 2018|Linguistic Fieldwork|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, nine experienced fieldworkers share what they wish they had known before going into the field. Each fieldworker’s advice is (of course) shaped by their own experiences and field sites. Involve young community members in the documentation process from the beginning of your project, or, as soon as possible. -Alex Garcia (Northern Alta in the Philippines) I wish I had had all the vaccines against common

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Sociolinguistic Survey of Ersu

By ELAR Archive|March 13, 2018|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

Katia Chirkova and Wang Dehe, two ELDP grantees, have conducted – in collaboration with James N. Stanford of Dartmouth College – a sociolinguistic survey of the Ersu language, aimed at investigating consonantal variation in this language. The survey was part of the “Comparative and Cross-Varietal Documentation of Highly Endangered Languages of South-West China” (MDP 0257) project, which was funded by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) and lasted from 2013

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A Mehri ebook: ‘Selim and the Dom-Fruit’

By ELAR Archive|March 2, 2018|ELDP Special Event/Output|4 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring the newly-released eBook ‘Selim and the Dom-Fruit’. The ebook is in Mehri, as spoken by Bayt Qhoor, a sub-tribe of Bayt Thuwar in Central Oman. The book was made in Salalah. It was first written by Abdullah al-Mahri and Janet Watson in October 2017, and completed with photographs in 2018. Abdullah produced the voice over. Janet, an ELDP grantee, is here on

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Speak SOAS Language Exchange App

By ELAR Archive|February 23, 2018|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

This week at ELAR, we celebrated International Mother Language day on February 21st! On the same day, SOAS World Languages Institute launched it’s long awaited language-exchange app for Android, Speak SOAS. SOAS is home to over 100 languages, so this app is perfect for SOASians looking to learn both large and small languages. This app allows SOASians to find language exchange buddies within the university. Users may choose up to

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Where in the World is ELAR: Training in Oaxaca, Mexico

By ELAR Archive|February 16, 2018|Where in the World is ELAR?|0 comments

From December 16th-22nd 2017, ELDP ran an intensive week-long language documentation training for Mexican linguists in Oaxaca City, Mexico. The training was held in collaboration with Roberto Zavala and Gilles Pollian of CIESAS Sureste and graciously hosted by Michael Swanton of UNAM at the Juan de Cordova Research Library in Oaxaca. The team representing ELDP was Mandana Seyfeddinipur, Vera Ferreira, Gema Zamora and Bill Parker. The ELDP team was excited

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