[RNLD] Links between publication and sound corpus

Jeremy Hammond Jeremy.Hammond at MPI.NL
Thu Mar 7 14:06:41 UTC 2013

While I haven't yet seen links from a pdf do this, it surely is only a matter of time. One issue is that ELAN is lacking the scripting interface to do this with code. And that embedding 100s of audio clips in a pdf might be bad for long term portability which as you mention is a concern. I personally think hyperlinks to a website is the easiest option as long as the website is maintained (or distributed with the pdf/book).

Other options could include:

1. Deposit your recordings and transcripts in an archive like DOBES or PARADISEC (or whatever the S. American equivalent is). They should then have permanent handle for each file and you can then use this as a basis for links on a website e.g. http://thesis.ideophone.org/. The thesis (both hard and soft) copy then can have lookup codes for the website.

2. Try having a look at Nick Thieberger's project http://www.eopas.org/ perhaps this is what you are after.

I'm personally leaving a code (e.g. corpus=ISJHWS3-20100711JVC-01-ma 00:02:57.014--00:03:02.941) at a citation for each example in my thesis. This references the file name and the time extract. It is a little long and clunky but is all I need to find the example again. I suppose as some point I could do  a search and replace it them with a hyperlink so that they would link to a website.


Jeremy Hammond
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On 07/03/2013, at 1:52 PM, Steffen Haurholm-Larsen wrote:

> I am a Danish PhD student writing my dissertation at the University of Bern, Switzerland, in the form of a grammar of Garifuna, an Arawakan language spoken in most Central American countries. I am posting here because I have so far been unable to accomplish the linkage of specific parts of recordings to texts of language description such as a dissertation. I am thinking that someone in the linguistic community might have done this or have some suggestions.
> I intend to follow the best practices in language documentation with all that this entails in terms of data portability, metadata, archiving etc. and I would also like to incorporate the underlying data in the writing of my dissertation, and I figure it will much easier to start linking examples to media files from the beginning rather than having to go through the whole dissertation at the end and put those links in. 
> However, to date I know of no program or tool that will allow me to link directly between a document such as a dissertation, and directly play a specific time interval in a media file, that is, I would like to avoid cutting my audio files up into little pieces but rather just link to the specific time code where the relevant example is located. I am transcribing in ELAN which does allow the user to search and go directly to a specific annotation and it is possible to do quite specific searches, but I have yet to figure out how one might access a specific annotation / sound interval directly by a link inside the dissertation text itself. 
> Does anybody know of such a program or perhaps who might have done something similar? 
> The reason I would like to do this is the accessibility that this would add to the data - ultimately it should be possible to link both ways, from the descriptive work to the corpus and back, and preferably also with a link to a dictionary. 
> Best wishes,
> Steffen Haurholm-Larsen
> Universit├Ąt Bern

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