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Query:   Fieldwork Recorder Advice
Author:  HMooney HMooney
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   General Linguistics
Language Documentation
Phonetics
Phonology

Summary:   FOR QUERY: LINGUIST 11.1313

THANKS TO EVERYONE (TOO MANY TO LIST) WHO RESPONDED TO MY RECENT QUERY ABOUT A RECORDER FOR USE IN FIELD WORK. ALTHOUGH A FEW PEOPLE RECOMMENDED USING DAT (DIGITAL AUDIO TAPE) THE OVERWHELMING CONSENSUS WAS TO USE MINIDISK. APPARENTLY MINIDISK RECORDERS COME IN VERY TINY FORMATS, USE VERY TINY DISKS, HAVE HIGH-QUALITY SOUND AND ARE NOT TOO EXPENSIVE./

SEVERAL PEOPLE WARNED AGAINST USING A VOICE-ACTIVATED MICROPHONE, BECAUSE THEY TEND TO CUT OFF THE FIRST PART OF THE UTTERANCE THAT ACTIVATES THEM. ALSO NOT RECOMMENDED IS A BUILT-IN MIC, WHICH MIGHT PICK UP MORE AMBIENT ROOM NOISE THAN SPEECH.

ONE PERSON WARNED ME AGAINST RECORDING PEOPLE WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE. SHE'S RIGHT, OF COURSE.

HANK MOONEY
HMOONEY@CMP.COM

LL Issue: 11.1346
Date Posted: 16-Jun-2000
Original Query: Read original query