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Full Title: Applying Documentary Linguistics
Location: Freiburg, Germany
Start Date: 22-Nov-2013 - 23-Nov-2013
Contact: Joshua Wilbur
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/institute/veranstaltungen/nachwuchstagungen-2013/wilbur-riessler/doc-ling/
Meeting Description: This workshop seeks to highlight practical aspects of documentary linguistics, including the application of endangered language documentation in other disciplines, and discuss its role in the field of linguistics in general.

We want to promote discussion on the pros and cons of an approach in which language documentation is considered the goal itself, and not just the methodologically and technologically improved method of data collection for theoretical linguistics and other disciplines. The core question is: should documentary linguistics simply enhance theoretical research or stand alone as its own applied field?

To promote the depth and breadth of this discussion, researchers with a variety of opinions and backgrounds as well as creators and users of language documentations from linguistics and other disciplines will participate.

The workshop was conceived of and is being carried out by Michael Rießler and Joshua Wilbur as part of the Freiburg Research Group in Saami Studies at the Department for Scandinavian Studies/University of Freiburg, and is one of five sponsored ‘Junior Researcher Conferences’ which FRIAS is supporting in 2013.
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.2884

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