ENDANGERED LANGUAGES TRAINING

Outcomes from courses and events

Note: some of the participant presentations linked below are provisional works and are made available on the basis that you may view them but may not quote from or further distribute them.

Docling 2016

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As in previous years, participants learned about many of the main components of language documentation, including ethics, fieldwork methods, recording, software, and producing materials for both linguists and community members. A particular emphasis was on group work, often a new experience for participants in DocLing workshops. In addition, each group included a language consultant/linguist who guided the members with linguistic data and advice, and provided ethical and community perspectives.

Workshops were structured so that groups regularly reported to the class, and made a final presentation. Some of the presentation outcomes can be viewed below:

Dimen 2015

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This event was organised by the Linguistics Department of Hong Kong University. Professor Steven Matthews, together with EL-Training's Peter K. Austin and David Nathan, led a group of 26 mixed undergraduate and graduate students in fieldwork training at Dimen Village in Guilin Province, China. Funding and support were provided by HKU as well as the Dimen Ecomuseum via its director Lee Wai Kit.

Participants were able to gain extensive and varied experience in working with speakers of the Kam/Dong language in a traditional village. Participants learned how to plan a small fieldwork project aimed at eliciting descriptive and sociolinguistic data, using qualitative and quantitative methods and communicating via the contact language (Mandarin), image stimuli, and through co-operation of HKU postgraduate Wu Manxiang who is a speaker of a variant of the Kam language. They also learned about equipment and techniques for producing high quality field recordings. Participants collected data for their term reports and also worked as a team to create and deliver presentations about their work. Some of the presentation slides can be viewed below:

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Docling 2015

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As in previous years, participants learned about many of the main components of language documentation, including ethics, fieldwork methods, recording, software (ELAN, FLEx etc), and producing materials for both linguists and community members. A particular emphasis was on group work, often a new experience for participants in DocLing workshops. In addition, each group included a language consultant/linguist who guided the members with linguistic data and advice, and provided ethical and community perspectives.

Workshops were structured so that groups regularly reported to the class, and made a final presentation. Some of the presentation slides can be viewed below:

See also course page

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