Computer supported collaborative language documentation
AuthorHanke, Florian R.
AffiliationComputing and Information Systems
Document TypePhD thesis
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2017 Dr. Florian R. Hanke
Documenting the world’s linguistic diversity is difficult when so much data is required but when most languages are remote and unwritten. The existing process does not scale, as it crucially depends on the expertise and efforts of linguists working alone. Recent developments in smart phone technology, the availability of cheap devices, better wireless infrastructure, and digital literacy have enabled novel solutions for scaling language documentation using crowdsourcing and automation. This thesis presents a new scalable approach: members of the speech community collaborate using networked mobile devices running a text-free interface. Introducing crowdsourcing and automation in the presented model meant analysing and replacing the existing workflow with one that is appropriate for collaboration. I report on field trials in Papua New Guinea, and a user interface lab experiment at The University of Melbourne. I conclude the thesis discussing prospects for scaling up language documentation.
Keywordslanguage documentation; mobile computing; collaborative workflows; user interfaces; HCI4D
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