LINGUIST List 30.2839

Fri Jul 19 2019

Disc: Call for Participation: Language Archive Research

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 19-Jul-2019
From: Mary Burke <>
Subject: Call for Participation: Language Archive Research
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We are reaching out to invite you to participate in our study of language archives. The UNT Information Science Department, Linguistics Department, and Libraries are working on the project funded by the United States Institute for Museum and Library Services (LG‐87‐18‐0197‐18) to identify how the information is organized in existing language archives and what the information organization needs of actual and potential language archive users are. This planning project seeks to provide necessary background information and preparation for a forthcoming collaborative research project that will aim to extend the usefulness of existing language archive collections through a user-centered design of systems incorporating the efficient methods and techniques for providing digital access to language data collections at scale.

We are seeking participants who have experience using language archives, or have experience managing a language archive (currently or previously).

Participation in this research includes an interview about your background and thoughts related to organization of information in language archives and (for the users of language archives) an observation task. The interview will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. The observation task will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Both the interview and observation task will be conducted using an online tool (Zoom).

We hope you would be interested in sharing your experiences and opinions with our team and helping contribute to development of language archives by participating in this research. The IRB-approved informed consent letters with details about the study are available at ( for your information. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We can be reached at or

Thank you for your time.

LG‐87‐18‐0197‐18 project team at the University of North Texas:
Mary Burke, Research Assistant
Dr. Oksana Zavalina, Principal Investigator
Dr. Shobhana Chelliah and Mark Phillips, Co-Principal Investigators

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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