The most famous film in linguistics is The Pear Story [14] – this story has already been told in very many different languages, and the text thus collected can be compared and analysed for various aspects of grammar. Language documentation (also known by the term ‘documentary linguistics’) is the subfield of linguistics that is ‘concerned with the methods, tools, and theoretical underpinnings for compiling a representative and lasting multipurpose record of a natural language or one of its varieties’ (Himmelmann 2006:v). As defined above, language documentation comprises the activities of collection, processing and archiving of linguistic data. And of course there are copyright issues, the question of personal data protection for all participants, not only the one who had agreed to participate in the experiment (see below the section on ethical and legal issues). confirms that s/he voluntarily agrees to participate in the recording session, all modalities of the recording (audio / video), the usage of the data in research studies, DOBES (Dokumentation Bedrohter Sprachen) –, L&C Field Manuals and Stimulus Materials –, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) –, Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) –. There are 4,000 to 4,500 languages spoken in the world (Simons 2018). 0000001393 00000 n Otherwise, you may wish to name your files only with unique ID numbers and include information about the contents in additional information files. Useful links. For example, it can become more/less formal, more/less polite or politically correct which can be manifested by changes in phonetic-acoustic parameters such tempo, intonation, intensity, timing patterns, pausing schemes, and others. What could be done to resolve a conflict of interests between the researchers and the community? It should be taken into account, however, that not all pictures are universal and some of them cannot be useful because of cultural differences (e.g. For example, if you happen to record a conversation about how many children there are in various families and how old they are, you may get many examples of numerals. 6 (2012), pp. (Ed), Corpus Resources for Descriptive and Applied Studies. Language Reference. PHP-GTK related documentation is hosted on the PHP-GTK website. The documentation of endangered languages is an especially important and urgent task if we want to at least preserve some of the wealth that these languages possess and that otherwise will soon be gone forever. One of the most important archives for endangered languages is the DOBES (Dokumentation Bedrohter Sprachen) archive dobes.mpi.nl/ – an Internet database of complex documentation for many endangered languages. Not all words can be translated between two languages, and words that have no equivalent in the source language (for example, English) will not be discovered by this method. Think of a recording scenario that would possibly enable producing good quality audio/video recordings of spoken communication of (a) children, and (b) elderly speakers, without losing too much of the spontaneity of speech. Cyrillic script with Latin letters) or a kind of quasi-phonetic transcription which might lack certain details but on the other hand, is easier for non-specialists. This practice can often lead to more concern for the revitalization of a specific language on study. Proceedings of Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), Las Palmas, Spain. 0000007861 00000 n An example multilayer annotation of an audio file (Annotation Pro). Think of 2 or 3 recording locations and scenarios for a recording session. This perspective leads to a broader view of what is the object of language documentation. Can you think of a small language or dialect in your region? If one wants to document what speakers know about their language, it is of course also possible to ask them directly (though this can never be the only or the main method of gathering data). However, as you can imagine, communication in front of TV cameras, lights, and microphones is quite specific and not always suitable for documentation or research needs. You can use abbreviations or codes in the file names to make the names shorter. In case of large and well-documented languages, a wide range of corpora have so far been collected using either the existing recordings or creating corpora from scratch. You will find there some details about data formats and structures, sharing and exchanging information, plus some more examples concerning the design and development of language resources. [24] The SOROSORO program’s website http://www.sorosoro.org/ If you want to learn more about the history of speech recording, reproduction and storage, see the Appendix 1 to this chapter. The aim of linguistic research in the community must be to find out how people talk when they are not being systematically observed; yet we can only obtain this data by systematic observation. Please pick a language from the list below. One of the researchers might look for typical linguistic features (e.g. Pay attention to the types of information provided (descriptions of speakers, culture, geography, sound or text resources in the language). When we sit in a room and chat, we usually don’t pay attention to small background noises, but when we listen to a recording of that conversation we suddenly discover that there was a clock ticking or a fridge buzzing! Over the centuries, people have developed various ways of transmitting knowledge from generation to generation based on oral tradition (oral culture) and written texts. A number of computer programs for annotation are currently available and many of them are free of charge for research and education purposes. In Essentials of Language Documentation, Gippert, J., Himmelmann, N. P., Mosel, U. Find information about this film (“The Linguists”) and additional materials on their website! Example TPRS (Topological Relations Picture Series, Bowerman et al., 1992, the complete source set of pictures at: fieldmanuals.mpi.nl/volumes/1992/topological-relations-picture-series/). As defined above, language documentation comprises the activities of collection, processing and archiving of linguistic data. Search the Internet and try to find answers that are true for your country: In practice, speakers are asked to give separate consent to the participation in the recordings, the use of the recording for particular purposes, and last but not least – the publication of the recordings. Keeping this information can be very useful in case you or someone else would like to go back to the very first version of the data. It is therefore always better if the documenting team includes members of the local community. functions. 0000001519 00000 n The official home of the Python Programming Language. Is it legal to record your own telephone conversation with another person? [25] Endangered Languages website: http://www.endangeredlanguages.com/ In case of description of audio data, the tasks include annotation of the recordings, i.e. However, together with this great potential, new challenges and questions emerge. A summary of the changes between Go releases. When you download the pictures usually you also obtain suggested instructions for the recording scenario and terms of use (see for example materials for route description elicitation: fieldmanuals.mpi.nl/volumes/1993/route-description-elicitation/ or a body colouring task: fieldmanuals.mpi.nl/volumes/2003-1/body-colouring-task). In our example, the phonetician could treat the region of origin as data and not as metadata in case when he/she wanted to study regional variations of pronunciation. 3. When looking at the technical quality we must yet admit that the best recordings can be obtained in an anechoic chamber of a recording studio rather than in the language’s natural environment. To preserve human cultural heritage in general; To keep memory of the facts important for the local communities, families, individuals; To better illustrate linguistic theories with real-life observations of languages in use; date of creation (although usually the date is encoded in the file header, it might be convenient to have it also in the file name for your convenience), type of data (speaking styles, registers, environment…), In case if you want to deposit your data to an existing repository such as DOBES. Before choosing from many available types of audio recorders, photo and video cameras, recorders or microphones, you should consider their parameters and prices as related to your specific needs. �룛.��Up�Z� R� – Document a language or dialect. What would be your first steps? The website was created for the use of both researchers and native speakers of the languages or any other interested persons. Adding features like auto complete, go to definition, or documentation on hover for a programming language takes significant effort. dogs or representations of humans in Muslim cultures). The recording of emotional speech: JST/CREST database research. An interesting example is also the JST/CREST database of spontaneous and expressive speech [9]. When we consider that language documenters often need to travel a lot in order to collect their data and then they have to safely store, process, and share that data, we can easily understand a strong link between language documentation and technology. A doc comment is any comment that appearsbefore a declaration and uses the special ///syntax that dartdoc looks for. If you want to document one of the larger languages such as English, Chinese, German, Hungarian, Dutch, Polish, etc., you can rely on already existing data and quite easily find samples of written and spoken language from which you could build up your documentation: books, newspapers and other written documents from the past and the present, many of these already digitalized, television and radio shows that can be recorded or simply downloaded from the Internet, language used in Internet forums and other social media, and many more. For example, first we record words, than we translate and analyse them, and the result, for example in form of a word list or a small dictionary, is stored in print or electronic form. References Generally the docs for such a language is the parser source - since the implementer of the language is often the main user – Martin Beckett May 14 '12 at 4:28 2 @DanMcGrath Well, yes, knowing the audience and level / volume of existing documentation would affect how I would write a reference manual. Doubts on how to use Github? Have you heard of any recordings, videos, TV programmes or books about or in that language? The documentation either explains how the software operates or how to use it, and may mean different things to people in different roles. %PDF-1.6 %���� Another example is a ready-to-use Field Manuals collection [12] where you can find pictures for eliciting vocabulary related to location of objects in space such as those shown in the picture below [13]. Topological relations picture series. For example, when researchers are interested in the sound system of a language, they will probably first collect a small sample, then do some preliminary analysis in order to learn about the basic phonetic rules, and then collect more data more purposefully. Some communities explicitly state that permission has to be granted before pictures are taken (see for example [17]). For example, the basic type of data for a phonetician will usually be acoustic data derived from a sound file together with its transcriptions while the accompanying metadata may include various types of information about the speakers (such as their sex, age, region and community of origin, health condition, social and family status), recording conditions (environment, background noises), technical properties (equipment, software, quality), authors(s), etc. Pictures and props are also very useful for eliciting grammatical structures, for example, to find out how spatial relations and motion are expressed (how you say things such as The cat is on the map, The cat is climbing the tree, The apple fell from the tree). [12] http://fieldmanuals.mpi.nl/ will not wait until these items happen to come up in spontaneous discourse, but will use other methods of data collection, i.e. However, today we feel that something is missing in these older documentations, something that was difficult or impossible to document in an area where the only means of documenting was writing and drawing. To find out more about issues related to language documentation see two appendices to this chapter: References Language Understanding (LUIS) documentation Learn how Language Understanding enables your applications to understand what a person wants in their own words. In case when you wish to perform some more detailed phonetic analyses it is useful to choose a tool including a spectrogram to display your sound files (see Chapter 4, especially the section on visible speech). In addition to the manuals, FAQs, the R Journal and its predecessor R News, the following sites may be of interest to R users: 1. Find Teop on the Interactive Map where you can listen and learn more about the language and the recordings you heard in the exercise above! [9] Campbell, N. (2002). The same affects the choice of archiving methods and the ways of sharing the data. Suggest corrections and new documentation via GitHub. Handbook of standards and resources for spoken language systems. A language documentation broadly conceived along these lines could serve a large variety of different uses in, for example, language planning decisions, preparing educational materials, or analyzing a set of problems in syntactic theory. Appendices: More about the history of sound recording, data formats and structures Most frequently, the consent is prepared in a written form (in case of audio recordings it may also be expressed verbally and recorded together with the remaining data). Visit a language database site on the Internet and search it for information about an endangered language(s) spoken presently or in the past in your region of the world. (1997). Furthermore, if the same corpus were to be analysed by a culture anthropologist, then the focus would likely shift to the description of family relationships and social information which would consequently be treated as data rather than metadata. Linguistic Data Types and the Interface between Language Documentation and Description. [6b] Poland’s Linguistic Heritage website (Halcnovian recording): inne-jezyki.amu.edu.pl/Frontend/TextSource/Details/40 This often leads to an unnatural use of the language that is to be documented. Of course translating the text to some languages may be difficult because not all words or structures always have their direct equivalents in the language. Language Documentation and Description, 7, 55-104. Q# is Microsoft’s open-source programming language for developing and running quantum algorithms. An example localised for the region of Poland and the neighbouring countries is the Linguistic Heritage website [6] developed for endangered languages spoken in the territory of central-eastern Europe, once belonging to the so called Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (Rzeczypospolita), currently being the areas of several countries (Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, and Ukraine). Documentation and description of endangered languages Department of Linguistics at SOAS is an internationally recognised centre for research and teaching on endangered languages across the world. Release History. Although phonetic alphabets are most suitable for transcribing speech, it is worth noting that in certain cases it might be preferable to use transliteration (writing the text in one alphabet with the use of another alphabet, e.g. F# documentation. The goals of informing and sharing knowledge about endangered languages around the world are also pursued by the Endangered Languages project [25]. Two main types of microphones are distinguished according to their construction: dynamic and condenser microphones. [14] The Pear Story: http://www.pearstories.org/docu/ThePearStories.htm An example for such a text is Aesop’s fable: The North Wind and the Sun commonly used by phoneticians and phonologists to illustrate the sound of languages (cf. This will not only improve the quality of the language documentation, but it is also a question of principle – after all, it is their language! 187-207. Documentation; Get Involved; Help; Getting Started Introduction A simple tutorial Language Reference Basic syntax Types Variables Constants Expressions Operators Control Structures Functions Classes and Objects ... 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