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LINGUIST List 20.2625

Tue Jul 28 2009

Media: Digital Tools for Linguistic Research

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        1.    Susan Fischer, Digital Tools for Linguistic Research

Message 1: Digital Tools for Linguistic Research
Date: 28-Jul-2009
From: Susan Fischer <Susan.Fischerrit.edu>
Subject: Digital Tools for Linguistic Research
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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.'

Link to the full article:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Discipline of Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Language Documentation

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