[RNLD] current work on digital data-based ling descriptions?

Luke Gessler lukegessler at gmail.com
Sat Dec 2 14:55:49 EST 2017


Including citations in glosses (as I see Thieberger did in his grammar) is
a great idea. I'm curious, would you mind sharing some of the websites
you've seen that attempt to do this?

You say you're looking for alternatives to websites, but if a grammar were
prepared as a web document, it would be possible to hyperlink from the
gloss in the description to the primary data, whether it's a written text,
an audio recording, or something else. That seems pretty ideal, right?

I think your concern might be that websites are often fragile and ephemeral
(they definitely often are), but this isn't endemic to the medium. It is
possible to use a website as a front end to a proper archive. One example
that comes to mind is Lise Dobrin's Arapesh Grammar and Digital Language
Archive <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/nbpzB5SV74zKt0?domain=arapesh.org>, which has been around since 2006 and is
maintained by a technical organization at her university

Was that the limitation you saw in websites, or are there others you see?

Luke Gessler

On Sat, Dec 2, 2017 at 11:12 AM, Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada <jrosesla at uwo.ca
> wrote:

> Hi Joseph,
> There's an excellent LD&C Special Publications volume edited by Sebastian
> Nordhoff (available here: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/V810B2SY94KgSe?domain=nflrc.hawaii.edu
> <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/V810B2SY94KgSe?domain=nflrc.hawaii.edu>)
> that might be of interest.
> Best,
> Jorge
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> On Sat, Dec 2, 2017 at 9:36 AM, Joseph Brooks <
> josephdbrooks at umail.ucsb.edu> wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> I'm wondering if anyone out there is working on (or perhaps like me "very
>> interested in but lacking the tech-know how") creating digital linguistic
>> descriptions that link directly to the primary data, perhaps even in new
>> and creative ways (esp including audiovisual data)? Thinking along the
>> lines here of something inspired from a combination of Thieberger's South
>> Efate grammar and 2009 paper + Berez(-Kroeker) Gawne & Kelly's (among
>> others) recent work emphasizing data citation and resolvability in
>> linguistics.
>> I know that some grammars have gone as far as including CDs and that
>> there are also websites devoted to this sort of endeavor, but I'm mostly
>> trying to find out about alternatives to those, eg the type of thing one
>> could archive and have openly accessible.
>> Thanks!
>> Joseph
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