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Tue Apr 05 2011

Confs: Language Documentation/Germany

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        1.     Johannes Helmbrecht , Theory and Methods of Language Documentation

Message 1: Theory and Methods of Language Documentation
Date: 05-Apr-2011
From: Johannes Helmbrecht <johannes.helmbrechtsprachlit.uni-regensburg.de>
Subject: Theory and Methods of Language Documentation
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Theory and Methods of Language Documentation

Date: 19-Sep-2011 - 28-Sep-2011
Location: Regensburg, Germany
Contact: Johannes Helmbrecht
Contact Email: johannes.helmbrechtsprachlit.uni-regensburg.de
Meeting URL: http://www.uni-regensburg.de/sprache-literatur-
kultur/allgemeine-vergleichende-
sprachwissenschaft/forschung/summerschool11/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Meeting Description:

This international summer school will introduce advanced students of
linguistics (BA, MA and doctorate level of linguistics) into the theory and
methods of language documentation. The goal is to acquire the knowledge
and competence to conduct one's own documentation projects with regard
to endangered languages.

Dear list members,

There will be an International Summer School on the 'Theory and Methods
of Language Documentation' in September 2011 at the University of
Regensburg, Germany. The major goal of this summer school is to
introduce advanced students of linguistics (BA, MA and doctorate level of
linguistics) into the theory and methods of language documentation. The
goal is to acquire the knowledge and competence to conduct one's own
documentation projects with regard to endangered languages. Funding of
this summer school will be provided mainly by the Volkswagen Foundation.
Additional support comes from the Vielberth Foundation of the University of
Regensburg.

What is language documentation?
Language documentation has become a sub-discipline of linguistics since
the mid-90ies when linguists across the continents started to look for
answers against the massive disappearance of minority languages all over
the world of which no records and no descriptions such as grammars and
dictionaries exist. The main goal of language documentation is to create a
representative corpus of recordings or texts which are presented and
processed in a way that non-speakers of this language can understand
these recordings and texts. These corpuses of endangered languages
allow linguists and other researchers of the humanities to understand how
the language was used within the specific social and cultural context of the
language community even when there are no fluent speakers left in the next
decades.

Language documentation and corpus linguistics?
This Summer School will include a workshop 'Language Documentation
meets Corpus Linguistics: how to exploit DOBES corpora for descriptive
linguistics and language typology?' This workshop will take place at the end
of the summer school (September 27-28, 2011). The goal of this workshop
is to bring together documentation linguists and corpus linguists in order to
discuss and explore the question how DOBES corpora - and there are more
than 50 digital corpuses right now in the archive of the MPI in Nijmegen- can
be used and exploited for descriptive (and typological) purposes by means
of corpus linguistic methods. This workshop is open to all participants of the
summer school. There will be a separate announcement for this workshop
on DOBESList, LingTyp, and LinguistList.

Where and when?
The summer school will last 10 days (including the two days workshop) from
September 19-28, 2011 at the University of Regensburg, Universitätsstraße
31, D-93053 Regensburg. Details of the location and directions will be given
on the official website of the summer school:
http://www.uni-regensburg.de/sprache-literatur-kultur/allgemeine-
vergleichende-sprachwissenschaft/forschung/summerschool11/index.html.

Who and what?
The most important aspects of language documentation will be covered in
seminar-like teaching units which alternate in focusing on more theoretical
aspects and on more practical/ technical aspects of language
documentation. For most of the topics to be dealt with there are practice
units which allow students to apply the methods and tools on real language
data and with real Native speakers of mostly non-Indo-European languages.
The program can be summarized as follows (for details see the summer
school website.

Monday, 9/19: overviews will be given on a) language documentation, b)
language endangerment and language death, c) what it means to work in
the language community, and d) the technical side language documentation
including archiving principles and tools.

Tuesday, 9/20: What has to be documented? and How to produce, process,
and edit audio and video recordings?

Wednesday, 9/21: How to write a grammatical sketch? and How to create a
lexical database?

Thursday, 9/22: How to transcribe the recordings with Praat, Elan,
Transcriber etc.? and How to develop a practical orthography?

Friday, 9/23: How to annotate and gloss audio and video recordings in Elan
and in Shoebox/ Toolbox?

Saturday, 9/24: How to upload/download data in the digital archive? and
How to assign metadata to the sessions?

Sunday, 9/25: Regensburg highlights - sightseeing in and around
Regensburg, and more...

Monday, 9/26: How to stabilize and revitalize an endangered language, and
How to develop teaching materials?

Tuesday/Wednesday, 9/27-28: Workshop: 'Language Documentation Meets
Corpus Linguistics'

All teaching units will be taught by experienced documentary linguists and
experts in the field. The practice sessions will be held in small groups
allowing the students to apply the methods and tools together with Native
speakers of various Non-Indo-European languages.

Students/ participants:
The summer school will admit about 30 advanced students in linguistics (BA,
MA or doctorate level). There is a tuition fee of 100 ? for each student.
However, the Volkswagen Foundation has provided the summer school with
the possibility to award 10 stipends of max. 600 ? to students who have
unduly high travel expenses or an unduly low budget. The workshop is free
of charge.

Students who want to participate in the summer school have to apply.
Please send an e-mail to the organizers Annette Endruschat
(Annette.Endruschatfreenet.de) or Johannes Helmbrecht
(Johannes.Helmbrechtsprachlit.uni-regensburg.de) containing the
following information:

- Name,
- Address and contact information,
- Position and academic affiliation,
- CV (as attachment),
- if you intend to apply for a stipend, please add a short letter of motivation.

Detailed information with regard to accommodation, public transportation,
cultural events and nightlife in Regensburg will be found later on on the
summer school website:
http://www.uni-regensburg.de/sprache-literatur-kultur/allgemeine-
vergleichende-sprachwissenschaft/forschung/summerschool11/index.html

Important dates:
May 31, 2011: application deadline
June 15, 2011: notification of admittance to the summer school and - if
applicable - notification of the award of a stipend

Organizers:
Principal organizers are Annette Endruschat of the ''Institut für Romanistik''
and Johannes Helmbrecht, Chair of General and Comparative Linguistics.

PD Dr. phil. habil. Annette Endruschat
Universität Regensburg
Institut für Romanistik
Universitätsstr.31
D-93053 Regensburg

Tel.:++49/0941/943-3378
Fax:++49/0941/943-813931
http://www.philologos.de/philologoi/ade/index.html
annette.endruschatsprachlit.uni-regensburg.de

Professor Dr. Johannes Helmbrecht
Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft
Fakultät für Sprach-, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften
Universität Regensburg
Universitätsstr. 31
D-93053 Regensburg

Tel.:++49/0941/943-3388
Tel.:++49/0941/943-3387 (Sekretariat)
Fax: ++49/0941/943-3329
johannes.helmbrechtsprachlit.uni-regensburg.de
http://www.uni-regensburg.de/sprache-literatur-kultur/allgemeine-
vergleichende-sprachwissenschaft/avs/index.html

Questions, comments, etc. can be sent also to our student assistants
Johanna Spieler (Johanna.Spielerstud.uni-regensburg.de),
Ilenia Tonetti (Ilenia.Tonettistud.uni-regensburg.de),
Marina Leiger (Marina.Leigerstud.uni-regensburg.de),
Sarah Thanner (SarahThannergmx.net) and
Katharina Knuffmann (katharina.knuffmannweb.de).

The summer school website can be found under the following URL:
http://www.uni-regensburg.de/sprache-literatur-kultur/allgemeine-
vergleichende-sprachwissenschaft/forschung/summerschool11/index.html



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