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LIP September 2011

Topic      Using video in language documentation (discussion led by Joe Blythe, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, and Jenny Green (Linguistics Program, School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne)

Date       Tuesday 6th September

Time       7:00 pm

Venue     Upstairs room, Prince Alfred Hotel, 191 Grattan St, Carlton (corner of Bouverie St), ph ‪(03) 9347-3033‬

 Food and drinks available at the venue.

Contact   Ruth Singer if you have any questions


Most of us use video in our language documentation but how exactly do we use it? The aim of this session is to discuss ideas about to use video. Joe Blythe has written about his thoughts on how to record naturalistic conversation using video for the Endangered Languages and Cultures blog while Jenny Green has developed new techniques for recording gestures and handsigns in Central Australia.

Background readings

Blythe, Joe (2009) Recording Aboriginal Conversation with video Endangered Languages and Cultures blog, 7th December 2009 (refers to earlier blogs on the same topic too)

The iltyem-iltyem project aims to record and document traditional handsigns used by people in Central Australia. Iltyem-iltyem is a rich and expressive way of communicating, and is used by Aboriginal people from all language groups in Central Australia.

Cash Cash, Phillip E. (2007) Documenting language, visualizing culture: shooting digital video in two endangered communities. In Peter K. Austin, Oliver Bond & David Nathan (Eds.) Proceedings of Conference on Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory. London: SOAS.

Dimmendaal, Gerrit J. Language Description and "The New Paradigm": What Linguists May Learn from Ethnocinematographers. pp. 152-158

Ashmore, Louise The role of digital video in language documentation. Language Documentation and Description Volume 5 (contact Ruth Singer if you'd like a PDF copy sent to you)