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FYI: New film on documenting languages: Khinalug

Author: Alexandre Arkhipov

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

FYI Body: Dear colleagues,

The new website of the LangueDOC project now features a movie, ‘Khinalug
2007: Creating a digital portrait of an endangered language’, showing the
fieldwork of a team of Russian linguists documenting Khinalug, a
Nakh-Daghestanian language spoken by some 1700 people in a single village
in Azerbaijan.

The 20 minute film was shot in summer 2007 during a field trip to Khinalug.
It showcases the main activities during documentation: transcribing the
texts, recording phonetic samples, checking and recording the dictionary,
as well as reconstructing a dialogue that was previously recorded only on

It premiered on February 5, 2008 at the 13th International Morphology
Meeting in Vienna. It will next be screened on February, 26 at the meeting
of the Langues du Caucase workshop in Paris.

The film is free to download in 320x240 resolution. It is now available in
Russian with Engllish subtitles.


LangueDOC is a project for documenting several minority languages of Russia
and the CIS, supported by grants from Russian Foundation for Basic Research
(RFFI) and National Science Foundation (NSF). The linguistic team of
LangueDOC is based in Moscow and St Petersburgh (Russia), in collaboration
with Colgate University and N-Topus Software (USA).

Project homepage:

Best regards,
Alexandre Arkhipov

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