Essentials of language documentation

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Mouton de Gruyter, 2006 - Computers - 424 pages
Language documentation is a rapidly emerging new field in linguistics which is concerned with the methods, tools and theoretical underpinnings for compiling a representative and lasting multipurpose record of a natural language. This volume presents in-depth introductions to major aspects of language documentation, including overviews on fieldwork ethics and data processing, guidelines for the basic annotation of digitally-stored multimedia corpora and a discussion on how to build and maintain a language archive. It combines theoretical and practical considerations and makes specific suggestions for the most common problems encountered in language documentation. Key features textbook introduction to Language Documentation considers all common problems

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Contents

Ethics and practicalities of cooperative fieldwork
31
Fieldwork and community language work
67
Data and language documentation
87
Copyright

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Nikolaus P. Himmelmann is Professor of Linguistics at the Ruhr-Universitat Bochum. His research interests include typology and grammaticisation theory, prosody, and grammar as well as language documentation and description. He is the author of an in-depth study of the typology and grammaticalization
of demonstratives and articles (Tubingen: Niemeyer) and co-editor of The Austronesian Languages of Asia and Madagascar (London: Routledge). He has done fieldwork in the Philippines, Sulawesi and East Timor and published widely on core issues in Austronesian grammar, including the nature of lexical
and syntactic categories and voice.
Eva Schultze-Berndt is Professor of Linguistics at the Karl-Franzens-Universitat Graz. Her research interests include typology, grammar of spoken language, lexical semantics, language contact, and language documentation and description. She has published on complex and secondary predication, verb
semantics, word classes, and construction-based approaches to grammar, from a typological perspective and with a focus on the Northern Australian language Jaminjung based on her own fieldwork.