[Tibeto-burman-linguistics] Interesting app for linguistic documentation / data collection on unwritten languages

Alexis Michaud michaud.cnrs at gmail.com
Sat Jul 16 11:40:16 UTC 2016

Dear all,

This is to pass on information about the release of LIG_AIKUMA, an Android
application for speech data collection, specially dedicated to language
documentation. LIG_AIKUMA is built upon the initial application (AIKUMA)
developed by Steven Bird and colleagues. Features were added to the app in
order to facilitate the collection of parallel speech data in line with the
requirements of a French-German project (ANR/DFG BULB - Breaking the
Unwritten Language Barrier).

The resulting app, called LIG-AIKUMA, runs on various mobile phones and
tablets and proposes a range of different speech collection modes
(recording, respeaking, translation and elicitation). It was used for field
data collections in Congo-Brazzaville resulting in a total of over 80 hours
of speech.

Users who just want to use the app without access to the code can download
it directly from the forge direct link:
Code is also available on demand (contact elodie.gauthier at imag.fr and
laurent.besacier at imag.fr). You can also meet the developpers at the 40-year
Anniversary of the LACITO research centre on 15-17 Nov. 2016, where they
will offer a demo.

More details on LIG_AIKUMA can be found in the following paper:



Alexis Michaud, CNRS researcher (Chargé de recherche)
LACITO <http://lacito.vjf.cnrs.fr/membres/michaud_en.htm>, centre
André-Georges Haudricourt
Adjunct member of *Laboratoire de Phonétique et Phonologie*, Paris
<http://lpp.in2p3.fr/> and of International Research Institute MICA, Hanoi
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