FYI: Film on documenting Khinalug language

Alexandre Arkhipov sarkipo at RAMBLER.RU
Fri Feb 15 18:08:50 UTC 2008

Dear colleagues,

The new website of the LangueDOC project now features a movie, ‘Khinalug 
2007: Creating a digital portrait of an endangered language’, showing 
the fieldwork of a team of Russian linguists documenting Khinalug, a 
Nakh-Daghestanian language spoken by some 1700 people in a single 
village in Azerbaijan.

The 20 minute film was shot in summer 2007 during a field trip to 
Khinalug. It showcases the main activities during documentation: 
transcribing the texts, recording phonetic samples, checking and 
recording the dictionary, as well as reconstructing a dialogue that was 
previously recorded only on paper.

It premiered on February 5, 2008 at the 13th International Morphology 
Meeting in Vienna. It will next be screened on February, 26 at the 
meeting of the Langues du Caucase workshop in Paris.

The film is free to download in 320x240 resolution. It is now available 
in Russian with Engllish subtitles.


LangueDOC is a project for documenting several minority languages of 
Russia and the CIS, supported by grants from Russian Foundation for 
Basic Research (RFFI) and National Science Foundation (NSF). The 
linguistic team of LangueDOC is based in Moscow and St Petersburgh 
(Russia), in collaboration with Colgate University and N-Topus Software 

Project homepage:

Best regards,
Alexandre Arkhipov

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