Language documentation and description workshop

February 26, 2011

Since February 3rd, Daniel Kaufman has been leading a workshop on language documentation and description at the Cuny Graduate Center every Thursday from 5-7pm.

This workshop is free and open to the public, but will be best geared to:

i) anyone with an interest in linguistics and in conserving their own language or that of others;

ii) descriptively oriented linguists interested in systematically studying an unfamiliar language;

iii) theoretically oriented linguists interested in providing a better documented verifiable basis for their claims.

In past sessions, topics have included:

– what is an endangered language? what is language documentation?

– how to structure a documentation project and manage data

– which technical tools are appropriate and how to use them

– good and evil formats and encoding (language documentation can get pretty serious)

– ethical considerations when conducting fieldwork

Things will be heating up next Thursday (March 3rd) when students begin to lead elicitations with Seydou, a speaker of Songhai.

Note that next Thursday’s session will be from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
For more information, write to info[at]

–  Bien