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Media: Digital Tools for Linguistic Research

Submitter: Susan Fischer

Submitter Email: Susan.Fischer@rit.edu
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Anthropological Linguistics
Discipline of Linguistics

Media Body: On July 28, 2009 the New York Times published a story on the use of digital
tools to aid in the documentation of language.

'It used to be that field linguists like Dr. Childs, a scattered corps
working against time to salvage the world’s endangered tongues — more than
3,000 at last count — scribbled data in smeared notebooks and stored sounds
on cassette tapes, destined to rot in boxes. But linguistics has gone
digital. Dr. Childs now uses a solid-state recorder, and he has
applications that will analyze the elements of a vowel in seconds or
compare sounds across languages.'

Link to the full article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/28/science/28prof.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss
Issue Number: 20.2625
Date Posted: July 28, 2009