LINGUIST List 15.322

Thu Jan 29 2004

Disc: New: Fieldwork, Digital Archiving, and Tenure

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  1. Don Salting, Fieldwork, Digital Archiving, and Tenure

Message 1: Fieldwork, Digital Archiving, and Tenure

Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 14:30:47 -0500 (EST)
From: Don Salting <>
Subject: Fieldwork, Digital Archiving, and Tenure

At the recent LSA convention I attended the symposium: Endangered Data
vs Enduring Practice which addressed techniques and methods for
archiving and disseminating digital linguistic data. One of the
presenters--Doug Whalen of Haskins Laboratories--spoke several times
to the importance of this kind of work and the fact that most of it
does not fit into traditional definitions of tenure-able scholarship
for most institutions. Some of this lag is attributable to the major
changes in the medium of research, but in any case, there appears an
evident and clear need for dialogue to educate our institutions on the
importance and scholastic validity of this kind of research. Does
anyone have any experience with fieldwork / data archiving
vis-�-vis tenure that would help inform this?

A good starting point for dialogue is: Whalen, D.H. (Forthcoming).
How the study of endangered languages will revolutionize linguistics.
To appear in Sterkenburg, P. van. (Ed.). Linguistics Today. John
Benjamins: Amsterdam

-Don Salting
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