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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Media: Digital Tools for Linguistic Research

Submitter: Susan Fischer

Submitter Email: Susan.Fischer@rit.edu
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Anthropological Linguistics
Discipline of Linguistics

Media Body: On July 28, 2009 the New York Times published a story on the use of digital
tools to aid in the documentation of language.

'It used to be that field linguists like Dr. Childs, a scattered corps
working against time to salvage the world’s endangered tongues — more than
3,000 at last count — scribbled data in smeared notebooks and stored sounds
on cassette tapes, destined to rot in boxes. But linguistics has gone
digital. Dr. Childs now uses a solid-state recorder, and he has
applications that will analyze the elements of a vowel in seconds or
compare sounds across languages.'

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Issue Number: 20.2625
Date Posted: July 28, 2009

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