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Summary Details

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

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

One person warned me against recording people without their knowledge. She's
right, of course.

Hank Mooney

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


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