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Language Documentation

Category: Fieldwork

Growing Coffee Beans in Mexico

Language documentation is a process where a variety of speech genres are recorded, transcribed, annotated, and archived. These segments of speech can then be used for a variety of purposes. They often include traditional stories and conversations in languages which are under-described, this includes rarely spoken (endangered languages) or where in the coming generation will [...]

Map of Me'phaa language area

Through the fall and winter of 2010-2011 we participated in a language documentation project in Guerrero, México. The project was headed up by Steve Marlett and included Kevin Cline. Hugh did a variety of things including the collection of audio and video texts and data management for the team. One of the outstanding research questions [...]

View of the the area around Kufai, Gombe State

Between January 2005 and February of 2007, I (Becky) made several trips to Gombe State, Nigeria. I was part of a team of translation consultants and linguists who were coming along side of community members from 9 language communities in Gombe State. They were eager to make progress toward translating the Bible into their languages. [...]

Map of the Pipero language area

Pipero is a West Chadic language spoken by approximately 25,000 people in southern Gombe State, Nigeria. The language is know by other names in including Filiya (the name of one of the largest towns). Most Pero people live as farmers; their primary crops include guinea corn, peanuts, beniseed (sesame seed), millet, maize, cotton, beans and [...]

map of gel area

Becky met the u̱t-Maꞌin Language Development team in April 2005. In November 2005, she was able to return to the language area and begin learning about their language. She had the privilege of working with them from November 2005 through March 2007; Making several trips a year to the language area and working with speakers who [...]