Fwd: [RNLD] question regarding the use of archives for linguistic research

Nick Thieberger thien at unimelb.edu.au
Fri Mar 13 21:50:42 UTC 2015

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From: Claire Bowern <clairebowern at gmail.com>
Date: 21 January 2015 at 02:12
Subject: Re: [RNLD] question regarding the use of archives for linguistic
To: Adam Schembri <A.Schembri at latrobe.edu.au>
Cc: Dorothea Hoffmann <hoffmann.dorothea at gmail.com>, RNLD <
r-n-l-d at lists.unimelb.edu.au>

Hi Dorothea,
I have made extensive use of archival materials in my research, from
individual languages such as Bardi and those in western Queensland to the
Pama-Nyungan comparative database, which is about half unpublished,
archival materials. My web site has more details.

On Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 6:15 PM, Adam Schembri <A.Schembri at latrobe.edu.au>

 Hi Dorothea
Trevor Johnston and I (along with a number of other colleagues) have
published a number of papers drawing on the data in the Auslan (Australian
Sign Language) Corpus in ELAR (http://elar.soas.ac.uk/deposit/0001), mostly
for in-depth studies into Auslan itself. Trevor and myself were both
involved in the original ELDP documentation project back in 2004.

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  From: Dorothea Hoffmann <hoffmann.dorothea at gmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, 20 January 2015 9:49
To: RNLD <r-n-l-d at lists.unimelb.edu.au>
Subject: [RNLD] question regarding the use of archives for linguistic

  Dear RNLDers,

 together with Ryan Henke I am currently preparing a paper about the use of
language documentation archives for linguistic research. Do any of you have
any experience with such studies or are involved in any projects?

 We are particularly interested in learning more about the approach taken
to use these archives, e.g. for cross-linguistic studies, for in-debth
research into individual languages, as follow-up projects to language
documentation carried out by the same or different researchers than the
original documentation project, etc.

 I found a brief overview of completed and ongoing DobeS-funded projects (

  The following research projects for data analysis on existing DOBES
documentation material have been funded within the DOBES programme:

   - Cross-linguistic patterns in the encoding of three-participant events
   - Demonstratives with exophoric reference. A functional study based on
   discourse data from five languages
   - Discourse and prosody across language family boundaries
   two corpus-based case studies on contact-induced syntactic and prosodic
   convergence in the encoding of information structure.
   - Referentiality project
   <http://www2.uni-erfurt.de/sprachwissenschaft/referentiality/index.html>: a
   research project in the corpus-based typology of referential strategies in
   twelve different languages.
   - The relative frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and verbs
   project investigates the relative frequencies of core parts of speech, such
   as nouns, verbs, and pronouns, in spoken language corpora of seven
   languages that represent a wide range of areal and typological diversity.

Are they similar projects for other language archives, e.g. ELAR,
Paradisec, CLA or AILLA? Are there any projects spanning different archives?

 Thank you so much for your help!

 Yours sincerely,

 Dorothea Hoffmann
dorohoffmann at uchicago.edu

 Postdoc and Lecturer
University of Chicago
Rosenwald 205G


 Dorothea Hoffmann
hoffmann.dorothea at gmail.com
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