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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Duoxu Vocabularies and Texts by Wu Wancai

By ELAR Archive|June 8, 2018|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

From 2013 to 2017 three ELDP grantees; Katia Chirkova, Han Zhengkang, and Wang Dehe worked on the documentation and description of a critically endangered Tibeto-Burman language, Duoxu, as part of the “Comparative and Cross-Varietal Documentation of Highly Endangered Languages of South-West China” (MDP0257) project, funded by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme. The research team’s documentation work consisted of recording the speech of the last fluent Duoxu speakers, supplemented by vocabulary

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ELDP Project Profile: Documenting Ahamb, a Small Island Language of Vanuatu

By ELAR Archive|June 1, 2018|Project Profiles|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, Tihomir Rangelov is writing about his current ELDP project documenting the Ahamb language in Vanuatu. Can you give us some background on the language ecology in your area? Ahamb is one of around thirty languages spoken on Malakula and its offshore islands. With a population of around 25,000, Malakula is one of the most linguistically diverse places in the world. Ahamb is most closely related

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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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Äiwoo Dictionary

By ELAR Archive|May 14, 2018|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring the Äiwoo dictionary created by ELDP grantee Åshild Næss. Äiwoo is also known as Reefs or Ayiwo. It belongs to the Reefs-Santa Cruz language group, which in turn is classified as belonging to the Temotu first-order subgroup of Oceanic. The language has a total of 7-8,000 speakers, of which 5-6,000 live in the Reef Islands, the rest on Santa Cruz or in

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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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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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