15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Collecting Phonetic Data on Endangered Languages

Matthew Gordon

University of California at Santa Barbara, USA

Working with native speakers to find out about a language is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable activities in which linguists engage.
   Much of the crucial work to ensure a successful fieldwork experience is conducted in advance of actually collecting data in the field. Background work on the language should include locating all possible sources of data. Digital recorders and laptop computers provide enhanced opportunities for collecting accurate acoustic data. Acoustic and aerodynamic data can be supplemented with simple techniques for accessing articulatory data, such as palatography. Phonetic fieldwork is especially important given the endangered status of the majority of languages in the world.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Gordon, Matthew (2003): "Collecting phonetic data on endangered languages", In ICPhS-15, 207-210.