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ItemComputers in Field LinguisticsThieberger, N (Elsevier, 2006)Computers have been associated with field linguistics from their earliest days, as witness the enthusiasm with which computers were embraced by linguists, from mainframe computers in the 1960s to personal computers in the 1980s. While initially it was common to force our efforts into the framework provided by particular software, we are now more aware of the need to see the data itself as the primary concern of the analyst and not the software that we use to manipulate the data. Inasmuch as it allows us to carry out the main functions desired by a field linguist, software is a tool through which our data passes, the data becoming transformed in some way, but surviving the journey sufficiently to live on, independent of any software, into the future.
ItemEOPAS, the EthnoER online representation of interlinear textSchroeter, R ; THIEBERGER, N ; Barwick, L. ; Thieberger, N. (University of Sydney, 2006)One of the goals of the Australian Research Council-funded E-research project called Sharing access and analytical tools for ethnographic digital media using high speed networks, or simply EthnoER, is to take outputs of normal linguistic analytical processes and present them online in a system we have called the EthnoER online presentation and annotation system, or EOPAS. EthnoER has twenty-three chief investigators from ten organisations, both Australian and international, at Universities and other agencies, including the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), language centres and language archives. The project includes a set of testbed projects with varying requirements for online annotation and presentation of data. We aim to provide online mechanisms for annotating data in order that, for example, archival media files can be annotated by experts with local knowledge and that samples of that media, perhaps a three minute chunk, can be presented so that users can get a sense of the quality of the recording and other information that may influence their decision to download the whole file.
ItemSteps toward a grammar embedded in dataTHIEBERGER, N ; Epps, P ; Arkhipov, A (Walter de Gruyter, 2009-06-05)This volume continues the tradition of presenting the latest findings by typologists and field linguists, relevant to general linguistic theory and research methodology.