[Lingtyp] question regarding the use of archives for linguistic research

Dorothea Hoffmann hoffmann.dorothea at gmail.com
Tue Jan 20 14:44:10 UTC 2015

Dear LingTyp members, 

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 (http://dobes.mpi.nl/research-projects/ <http://dobes.mpi.nl/research-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 <http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/lili/projekte/discourse_and_prosody/index.html>: 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 cross-linguistically <http://www.eva.mpg.de/linguistics/research/typological-surveys/the-relative-frequencies-of-nouns-pronouns-and-verbs-cross-linguistically.html?Fsize=0>. This 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 <mailto:dorohoffmann at uchicago.edu>

Postdoc and Lecturer
University of Chicago 
Rosenwald 205G

http://sites.google.com/site/hoffmanndorothea/ <http://sites.google.com/site/hoffmanndorothea/>
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