Reasons you should use video in language documentation

By Martha Tsutsui|November 24, 2016|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

At CoLang this year I was invited to come and talk with the group in the Recording and using video in language documentation class. I shared some of my favourite reasons why I always try to use video in a language documentation project, which gave me a chance to mention some of my favourite research on gesture, and talk to people about their experiences with filming. I thought I’d write up four of my

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ELDP Project Highlight: Documentation of Northern Alta, a Philippine Negrito Language

By Martha Tsutsui|November 17, 2016|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

This week on the ELAR blog, Alexandro Garcia-Laguia shares a look into his ELDP project. Alexandro is researching Northern Alta, an endangered language spoken along the rivers of Aurora province in the Philippines. Reconstructing an old Alta song: The speakers of Alta have reported that their parents did not teach them any songs in Alta (n_alta054.42). However, one day, at a gathering with six women in Barangay Dianed, the ladies

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Open Access and Open Data in Language Research and Documentation: Opportunities and Challenges

By Martha Tsutsui|November 10, 2016|Event & Training Recaps|0 comments

SOAS World Languages Institute collaborated with University and City Library of Cologne and the Cologne Center for e-Humanities to hold the international workshop: Open Access and Open Data in Language Research and Documentation: Opportunities and Challenges in Cologne, Germany from October 10-12, 2016. Open Access (unrestricted online access to publicly funded peer-reviewed publications), has become a major movement in the academic world in the past decade. While Open Access to publications is

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Helpful Tips for New ELAN Users

By Martha Tsutsui|November 3, 2016|Documentation Software & Tools|1 comments

This week on the ELAR blog, Sarah Dopierala (MA Language Documentation and Description, SOAS) gives linguists who are new to ELAN five quick tips for using the software. It is a fact well-observed that some of us are more tech savvy and some of us – not so much. For a documentary linguist trying to make the most of software like ELAN, ignorance perhaps isn’t bliss. For those of you Not-So- Much-ers

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A Day in the Field- Santiago Durante

By Martha Tsutsui|October 27, 2016|A Day in the Field|0 comments

Santiago Durante is an ELDP grantee researching Ayoreo (ISO639-3:ayo), an endangered language spoken in Paraguay and Bolivia. For our first A Day in the Field post, Santiago has graciously allowed us a peek into his daily routine while he’s on fieldwork. Please tell us a bit about where you are doing your fieldwork. I am doing my fieldwork in Campo Loro, Boquerón Department, Republic of Paraguay. It is the largest

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2016 Annual ELDP Documentation Training

By Martha Tsutsui|October 20, 2016|Event & Training Recaps|0 comments

Every year ELDP brings out the new ELDP grantees to London for a one week intensive training in theory and method in modern language documentation. This year, Vera Ferreira, Digital Archivist at ELAR, organised the annual  training in London which took place in early September. We welcomed 18 participants from all over the world who spent one week at SOAS. We were especially pleased to welcome Mikhaeel Dawoud from Northern

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Where in the World is ELAR? Bali & Leiden Summer 2016

By Martha Tsutsui|October 13, 2016|Where in the World is ELAR?|0 comments

‘Where in the World is ELAR?’ is an ELAR blog series which recaps training courses and events in which ELAR staff participate and attend. This summer, ELAR Director Mandana Seyfeddinipur led workshops in Bali, Indonesia and Leiden in the Netherlands. Bali, Indonesia:                                                        

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New Catalogue

By Martha Tsutsui|October 6, 2016|Documentation Software & Tools|2 comments

ELAR is delighted to announce the launch of the new ELAR catalogue. On the 28th of September 2016, the new catalogue replaced the old version and can now be accessed via the URL: http://elar.soas.ac.uk/ New features include archive-wide statistics which display not only the number of downloaded files according to their access categories, but also the number of uploaded files within a select time range. These statistics can be seen

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