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

Lewis Lawyer lclawyer at ucdavis.edu
Tue Jan 20 19:36:05 UTC 2015

Dear Dorothea,

This seems to be a hot topic these days!  There were two symposia on
archival research at the annual LSA meeting earlier this month:

   1. The Committee for Endangered Languages and their Preservation (CELP)
   hosted a symposium on the use of archives in linguistic research,
   revitalization, and documentation.  The slides and posters are going to be
   available soon on the AILLA website, I hear.  Look for an announcement on
   the CELP website soon:

   You can also read the abstracts from the symposium and contact
   information here:
   2. Another interesting symposium addressed automated techniques in the
   analysis of audio and video archival material.  The abstracts from that
   symposium are here:

   I don't know offhand whether the slides and posters will be hosted
   somewhere, but I hope so!

I myself am doing an in-depth descriptive study of Patwin (Wintuan,
California) using archival materials from a variety of different archives
in the United States, and interfacing also with Indigenous communities.  I
have also been involved with language revitalization for a few other
languages of California, also using archival sources.  I would be happy to
tell you about my project(s) if that interests you---feel free to email me.

Hope it helps!
-Lewis C. Lawyer
lclawyer at ucdavis.edu

PhD Candidate in Linguistics
UC Davis

On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 6:44 AM, Dorothea Hoffmann <
hoffmann.dorothea at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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/):
> 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
> Postdoc and Lecturer
> University of Chicago
> Rosenwald 205G
> http://sites.google.com/site/hoffmanndorothea/
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Lewis C. Lawyer
PhD Candidate in Linguistics
University of California, Davis
lclawyer at ucdavis.edu
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