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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Archiving Fieldwork Materials of the Ainu Language: an Interdisciplinary Research

Archiving Fieldwork Materials of the Ainu Language: an
Interdisciplinary Research

Keywords

  • researcher archives
  • endangered languages
  • Ainu

Areas

  • Japan
  • Hokkaido
  • Sakhalin

Website

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2018–March, 2021

While recording new material through fieldwork remains important for linguistics, archiving the material of former researchers is becoming an increasingly important task for research on so-called endangered languages, not only for the research itself but also for the language-maintenance activities of the language communities. Tasks in such archiving projects vary widely: duplication and preservation of various types of media; description and documentation of linguistic/ethnographic materials; reconstruction of the relationship among materials and documents, e.g., tape recordings, photographs, and field notes; publishing properly documented materials for both specialists and learners; and maintaining relationships with consultants and their relatives. This research project, focusing on Ainu, the language of the indigenous people of northern Japan, aims to reinterpret fieldwork materials recorded by a researcher over the course of a 50-plus-year period through a three-year discussion of the problems and solutions in the process of archiving such materials: “Researcher Archives”.

Osami OKUDA, Project Coordinator (Professor, Sapporo Gakuin University)

Members

Coordinator

  • Osami OKUDA (Sapporo Gakuin University)

ILCAA Staff

  • Yasuhiro YAMAKOSHI

Joint Researchers

  • Yoshie ABE
  • Mika FUKAZAWA
  • Hideaki KIKUCHI
  • Miki KOBAYASHI
  • Kyoko KOJIMA
  • Hiroshi NAKAGAWA
  • Setsuko SHIGA
  • Leo TADAGAWA
  • Yasushige TAKAHASHI
  • Yoshimi YOSHIKAWA

Outputs

Meetings

The 3rd meeting

  • Date/Time: Sun 9 June 2019 9:30–16:20
  • Venue: Sapporo Gakuin University, Ebetsu, Hokkaido
  • Language: Japanese
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • Mika FUKAZAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Preparatory Office for National Ainu Museum)
    “For the documentation of Ainu field materials in ILCAA: materials from Bihoro dialect (3)”
    Miki KOBAYASHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Preparatory Office for National Ainu Museum)
    “For the documentation of Ainu Language materials in ILCAA: materials of Saru dialect (3)”
    Yasushige TAKAHASHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hokkaido University)
    “Some issues with the documentation of Ainu Language materials: manuscripts by Matsu Kannari as an example”
    Yoshimi YOSHIKAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, NINJAL Adjunct Researcher, Graduate School of Chiba University)
    “For the documentation of Ainu field materials in ILCAA: building a corpus of conversational materials of Saru dialect (3)”
    Osami OKUDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Sapporo Gakuin University)
    “Data structure, user interface and search function of Ainu audio-video archives”
    Masaaki MINAGAWA (Sapporo Gakuin University)
    “Trends in the research of digital archives”

The 2nd meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 22 Dec 2018 10:00–17:00
  • Venue: 304, ILCAA (Multimedia Conference Room)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • Osami OKUDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Sapporo Gakuin University)
    “Progress, achievement and newly emerging issues of the project”
    Kyoko KOJIMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Sapporo Gakuin University)
    “Documents of the Ainu Language Camps: As archived materials”
    Yoshimi YOSHIKAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Graduate School, Chiba University)
    “For the documentation of Ainu field materials in ILCAA: conversational materials of Saru dialect (2)”
    Mika FUKAZAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Preparatory Office for National Ainu Museum)
    “For the documentation of Ainu field materials in ILCAA: materials from Bihoro dialect (2)”
    Miki KOBAYASHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Preparatory Office for National Ainu Museum)
    “For the documentation of Ainu Language materials in ILCAA: materials of Saru dialect (2)”
    Osami OKUDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Sapporo Gakuin University)
    The plan and schedule of the project hereafter

The 1st meeting

  • Date/Time: Sun 10 Jun 2018 9:30–15:30
  • Venue: Sapporo Gakuin University, Ebetsu, Hokkaido
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science 3 (LingDy3)”
  • Osami OKUDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Sapporo Gakuin University)
    The goal and background of the project
    Yoshie ABE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Research Institute of Northern Language and Culture)
    “The provenance and genealogy of Ainu video materials in ILCAA”
    Yoshimi YOSHIKAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Graduate School, Chiba University)
    “For the documentation of Ainu field materials in ILCAA: conversational materials of Saru dialect”
    Mika FUKAZAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Preparatory Office for National Ainu Museum)
    “For the documentation of Ainu field materials in ILCAA: materials from Bihoro dialect”
    Miki KOBAYASHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Preparatory Office for National Ainu Museum)
    “For the documentation of Ainu Language materials in ILCAA: materials of Saru dialect”
    Osami OKUDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Sapporo Gakuin University)
    The plan and schedule of the project

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