Documentation and Historical Linguistics

I’ve been in Taiwan for a week, at a joint workshop between Rice Linguistics and National Taiwan University’s Linguistics Department. All the faculty gave talks about their recent work and the Chairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding. We were exceptionally well looked after by our hosts: the food was awesome, the company great, and the graduate students gave us some really nice tours of Taipei and surrounds.

The talk I gave was on fieldwork documentation and historical linguistics. You can’t say much in half an hour (I should have done what one of my colleagues did and just ignore the time limit!) but I made these points:

  • Historical fieldwork isn’t all that special, or all that ifferent from regular fieldwork. You still need the same sorts of things: good metadata, accurate records, annotated data, and so on.
  • Old records sholdn’t be ignored. It’s tempting to go with the ‘new’ stuff because it’s easier to use but there’s a lot that can be gathered from collections like the Laves collextion.

I talked about two case studies: the Laves texts for Bardi and the Nimanburru tapes in the Peile collection.

Advertisements

One response to “Documentation and Historical Linguistics

  1. Hi, I love your blog. I was wondering if you wanted to do a link exchange. My site is over at: http://www.learnthatlanguagenow.com/ — I host free articles, language learning information, tips, tricks and techniques for the fastest language learning around. Feel free to e-mail me at my e-mail address and let me know the URL you want me to link to and any other information about your site. Thanks!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s