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Frequently Asked Questions
Animations — Where can I find free or cheap animation software which works well for language projects?
Archiving — Where can I archive my data?
Assessing language vitality — Are there tools that I can use to assess how endangered a language is?
Community language activists — What work can I or my community or organisation do without a linguist?
Compressing MPEG-4 files — How can I capture high definition video (HDV) tapes to produce MPEG-4 files suitable for archiving?
Dictionaries — What software can I use to make a dictionary?
Digitising cassettes — I'm planning to copy some old language tapes on cassettes to a CD format. What issues do I need to consider?
Documenting endangered languages — What's different about language documentation with endangered languages?
Fieldwork — How can I decide where to do linguistic fieldwork?
File-naming — What system should I use to name my files?
Films and plays — Where can I find films or plays in or about Indigenous languages?
GPS — Is it useful to take a GPS to the field?
Headphones — I'm looking for a recommendation for some high quality and comfortable headphones for fieldwork.
Informed consent — I'm starting a new community-based project. How can I make sure that I'm getting informed consent from the people who will be participating in this project?
Language information — Where can I find out more about language X?
Language programs — How can I set up a language program?
Linguists and research partnerships — How can I find a linguist to work with me?
Literature — Where can I read more about endangered languages and language documentation and conservation?
Macs and Windows software — Can you advise me about using Windows software (such as Toolbox) on a Mac using CrossOverMac or Windows emulators?
Microphones — What microphones do you recommend for fieldwork?
Orthography — What does developing an orthography for a previously unwritten language involve?
Photos — There are some photos I want to digitize. Is it better to digitize off negs or off prints?
Policies & conventions — Does any international legislation protect or support Indigenous languages?
Publishing — How can I publish books in my language to support language revitalization?
Recording equipment — What type of recording equipment is best for language documentation?
Recovering files — Is there a way to recover corrupted files from my video recorder?
Repatriating materials — How can I get copies of research material that has been recorded for my language and bring them home to my family and community?
Training — Where can I get training to learn more about how to work with endangered languages?
Transcribing — How do I transcribe my data?
USB memory drives — Can you recommend a sturdy USB memory drive for fieldwork data storage?
Video cameras — I'm looking to buy some video cameras for my fieldwork. What advice do you have about the new video cameras on the market?
Working with endangered languages — Who can I talk to about working with endangered languages?