DocLing 2015

See also outcomes page

17-23 February 2015

Teaching staff

Peter Austin, Anthony Jukes, Toshihide Nakayama, David Nathan, Sonja Riesberg, Hideo Sawada


Institute for the Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA) at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. See also the ILCAA workshop page


The Workshop aims to further develop the skills of participants in planning, collecting and managing language documentation, with a focus on working with community member-linguists. It will consist of a mix of lecture/practical sessions on topics including ethics, elicitation, media recording, annotation, data management, and sharing outcomes. Participants will work in groups and each group is assigned to a speaker-linguist of another language to work on creating and presenting documentation.

The workshop for 2015 will provide a variety of formal, informal and practical sessions dealing with topics in language documentation including fieldwork, ethics, collection and management of audio, photographs and data, software for annotation and dictionary-making, and methods of publishing. The workshop will take a group-based "workflow" approach, proceeding from theoretical and practical issues in collecting documentation materials (audio, video etc), to annotating and making sharable presentations of them.

You can download the Full workshop program and details

Course materials (password access)

This page last updated 23 February 2015

10:00-11:20 11:40-13:00 14:00-15:20 15:40-17:00 17:10-
Feb 17
Introduction to language documentation (PA) Fieldwork techniques & elicitation (SR) Ethics (PA) Documentation outcomes (DN, AJ) Prepare individual laptops / software
Feb 18
Documenting conversations and other genres (TN, AJ) Planning language documentation & group projects (AJ, SR, DN) Group work
Project planning (groups, staff)
Group work
Report & feedback (groups, staff)
Feb 19
Audio (DN) Software for documentation (PA) [parallel]
(1) Audio practical (AJ)
(2) Software practical (SR)
(1) Software practical (SR)
(2) Audio practical (AJ)
Feb 20
Data management (DN) [parallel]
(1) Data practical (PA)
(2) Data practical (DN)
(1) Data practical (DN)
(2) Data practical (PA)
Group work
Recording with consultants (groups, staff)
Feb 21
(1) Photography for documentation (HS)
(2) Video for documentation (AJ)
(1) Advanced software (SR)
(2) Web delivery (DN)
Group work
Project work (groups, staff)
Group work
Project work (groups, staff)
Individual clinic sessions
Alumni meeting (17:10-18:40)
Party (18:40-20:15)
Feb 23
Group work
Project work (groups, staff)
Individual clinic sessions
Group work
Project finalisation (groups, staff)
Group project presentations (all) Group project presentations (continued)
Wrap-up (all)


  • Attendance of this course is limited to invitees.
  • Attendees should bring their laptop computers and recording equipment if practical.
  • This is a preliminary course outline
See also outcomes page


Session presentation files (PDF, PPT) for participants

Readings from LDD7 | Annotated bibliographies | Defining documentation | Fieldwork methods and ethics | Archiving and data handling | EMELD School of Best Practice | Encoding | Video and documentation | Multimedia and documentation | Microphones

Below are some recommended links. There are also many good sources on the web - several are catalogued in Online Resources for Endangered Languages.

Recommended readings from Language Documentation and Description, vol 7


Annotated bibliographies

Austin, Peter K. 2012. Language Documentation. Oxford Bibliography Online.
Rice, Keren. 2011. Fieldwork. Oxford Bibliography Online.

Defining documentation

Himmelmann, Nikolaus 2002: Documentary and descriptive linguistics (full version). In Osamu Sakiyama and Fubito Endo eds. Lectures on Endangered Languages: 5 (Endangered Languages of the Pacific Rim, Kyoto, 2002)

Woodbury, Anthony. 2003. Defining Documentary Linguistics

Woodbury, Anthony. 2011 Language Documentation. In Peter K. Austin and Julia Sallabank (eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Endangered Languages, 159-186. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Fieldwork methods and ethics

Dobrin, Lise and Josh Berson. 2011. Speakers and language documentation. In Peter K. Austin and Julia Sallabank (eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Endangered Languages, 187-211. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Munro, Pamela. 2002. Chapter 6: Field linguistics. In Mark Aranoff and Janie Rees-Miller (eds.) The Handbook of Linguistics. Loindon: Blackwell Publishing. Blackwell Reference Online. 22 January 2013

Rice, Keren. 2006. Ethical issues in linguistic fieldwork. Journal of Academic Ethics 4: 123-155

Czaykowska-Higgins, Ewa. 2009. Research Models, Community Engagement, and Linguistic Fieldwork:
Reflections on Working within Canadian Indigenous Communities
. Language Documentation and Conservation 3(1): 15-50.

AIATSIS: Guidelines for Ethical Research in Indigenous Studies

Data management and archiving

Peter Austin: Documentation and your data
http://www.hrelp.org/events/workshops/eldp2008_6/resources/austin_documentation.pdf (passworded)

Heidi Johnson: Language Documentation and Archiving, or How to Build a Better Corpus

Bird and Simons: Seven dimensions of portability

David Nathan and Peter Austin: Reconceiving metadata: language documentation standards through thick and thin

EMELD School of Best Practice

A large amount of material can be found at the E-MELD School of Best Practice (http://www.emeld.org/school/). We recommend reading at least the following sections from the Classroom:

  • Mediatypes (audio, video)
  • Documentation Types (Annotation, Lexicon)
  • Conversion
  • Archives

Characters and encoding

Type IPA phonetic characters. This page help you type IPA characters. You can choose and edit IPA, and then copy your text to paste into another document.

Jost Gippert: Linguistic Documentation and The Encoding of Textual Materials
http://www.hrelp.org/events/workshops/eldp2005/reading/gippert_encoding.pdf (passworded)

Jukka Korpela: A tutorial on character code issues

Video and documentation

Gerrit J. Dimmendaal (Language Description and "The New Paradigm": What Linguists May Learn from Ethnocinematographers

Multimedia and documentation

David Nathan: Developing multimedia documentation

David Nathan and Eva Csató: Multimedia: A Community-Oriented Information and Communication Technology


David Nathan's article on microphones

Peter Patrick: Beginners’ Notes about Using Microphones

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