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Tue Jan 25 2011

Qs: Oral History Project: Digitizing a Corpus of Text

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        1.     Wayles Browne , Oral History Project: Digitizing a Corpus of Text

Message 1: Oral History Project: Digitizing a Corpus of Text
Date: 24-Jan-2011
From: Wayles Browne <ewb2cornell.edu>
Subject: Oral History Project: Digitizing a Corpus of Text
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A colleague at Columbia University Library seeks information about
large-scale digital projects, involving any languages, that attempt to
create databases and maps of vocabulary--both differing regional
pronunciations of the same word, and different terms for the same
concept.

Columbia is working on a project that would digitize the results of an
oral history project involving Yiddish, undertaken a number of years
ago. The goal is to create a digital database of the findings of this
survey. She is trying to establish whether anything comparable has
been undertaken in any other language.

The archive has been used in the past to create hand-made maps
(people would fill in the particular variants that they were interested in
on a map of Europe) for this study, but we are hoping that creating a
website would make the process much easier, as well as allowing for a
tremendous amount of collaboration that was previously not possible.

Please send replies directly to:

Michelle Chesner
Norman E. Alexander Librarian for Jewish Studies
Columbia University
304 International Affairs (420 W. 118th St.)
New York, NY 10027
212-854-8046
mc3395columbia.edu

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has promised to summarize and post responses she receives.)

Message relayed by:

Wayles Browne, Assoc. Prof. of Linguistics
Department of Linguistics
Morrill Hall 220, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853, U.S.A.

tel. 607-255-0712 (o), 607-273-3009 (h)
fax 607-255-2044 (write FOR W. BROWNE)
e-mail ewb2cornell.edu

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                            Language Documentation
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Yiddish, Eastern (ydd)
                            Yiddish, Western (yih)

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