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Language Documentation Project Workshop for Undergraduates

Friday, March 23–Saturday, March 24, 2012
University of Rochester

The goal of the Workshop is to introduce students to contemporary language documentation practices. The sessions will provide a cohesive overview of fieldwork and language documentation.

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Rochester will hold a Workshop on Language Documentation and Field Linguistics on Friday and Saturday, March 24 - 25, 2012. The Workshop is open to undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in Field Linguistics and Language Documentation.

The workshop will consist of four sessions covering topics in the methodologies of language documentation and field linguistics geared as an introduction to current Language Documentation practices. The workshop is intended to provide an overview of the field and the skills needed, and is offered in response to interest in Field Linguistics and Language Documentation at the undergraduate level.

The workshop will consist of 2 sessions each day with time for discussion and a Friday evening panel and a closing lecture on Saturday. The sessions are:

Language Documentation and Fieldwork preparationElicitation and recording (audio and video) techniquesProcessing and analysis of collected data (software)Archiving and metadata and data management

Panel Friday evening on ethics of language documentation and fieldwork and aspects of data collection/management and data dissemination.

Keynote lecture (Saturday afternoon):A practical epistemology for semantic elicitation, in the field and elsewhere

Jürgen Bohnemeyer, University at Buffalo — SUNY

For complete program and registration, go to Registration is limited to the first 40 undergraduate participants.

A light lunch will be served on both days. Dinner will be served on Friday.

An ongoing lecture series Field Linguists is being held in conjunction with this Workshop. For information:

We encourage participation of undergraduate ASL Signers. ASL interpreters can be provided upon request. Please contact Patty Clark at by 6pm on March, 17, 2012. Interpreters cannot be guaranteed after that date.

Some funding for travel is available. Please contact Carla Gottschalk for more information.

Funding provided by the NSF and Department of Linguistics, University of Rochester.