24.1892, FYI: Phonemica: Documenting and Preserving China's Dialects

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Subject: 24.1892, FYI: Phonemica: Documenting and Preserving China's Dialects

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Date: Wed, 01 May 2013 12:34:14
From: Kellen Parker [kellenparker at gmail.com]
Subject: Phonemica: Documenting and Preserving China's Dialects

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Dear All,

My name is Kellen Parker.  I am a graduate student in the Institute of
Linguistics at Tsinghua University in Taiwan. I have been working more than
two years on a web-based project to record stories from all over China and the
Chinese diaspora. At present we have stories in Mandarin, Shanghainese,
Cantonese, Hakka, Gan and Xiang, and we're always adding more. The project
website is at http://phonemica.net.

The stories are group-sourced: i.e. recorded and donated by volunteers. We
accept any stories with clear audio quality and permission to use.
Transcription, like recording, is also being done through crowdsourcing.
Transcripts can be edited by anyone who creates an account.

We have just under 50 recordings up now but have begun recruiting volunteers
to help us gather more. Our goal is to have 500 by this time next year. This
year we're finally at a point where we can push for more of a presence on
Chinese-language social sites and web forums to increase our visibility among
potential contributors. We are also cooperating with faculty at Beijing
University specializing in documentation of folktales. We are anticipating
approximately 100 additional recordings from students at the end of the
semester.

Right now we're also running a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo in order to
raise money for new equipment and basic operating costs. More information on
that is here: http://igg.me/at/phonemica

If you could pass this on to anyone who might have an interest in such a
project, we would greatly appreciate it.

Regards,

Kellen Parker
National Tsinghua University
Hsinchu, Taiwan ROC
 



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