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Field Linguistics Workshops

ILCAA offers various workshops on "field linguistics", aimed especially at graduate and post-graduate students and junior scholars.

Workshops offered are mostly but not exclusively on documentation and description of underdocumented languages. They are complementary to courses offered at universities in Japan, thereby filling the gaps in the training of young linguists -- an important role of ILCAA.

At most of the Field Linguistics Workshops, participants are required to bring their original data, i.e., data obtained through their original field research. The instructors give guidance, but the participants also learn from each other, through sharing their ideas and experience.

ILCAA maintains a young scholars group called "Fieldling". Members of Fieldling can make requests about workshops on certain areas or on certain topics of field linguistics; many of the requests are conceptualized and conducted at ILCAA. This is a way of answering and meeting the needs of young scholars community.

There are three series of workshops under Field Linguistics Workshops:

Documentary Linguistics Workshop
Annually held a week-long intensive workshop and related workshops on language documentation.
Grammatical Studies Workshops
Workshops on various grammatical topics.
Technical Workshops
Workshops on technical issues concerning field linguistics, such as managing and processing linguistic data.

Other workshops

Field Linguistics Workshop “Spring Field Linguistics Festa”

  • [This workshop has been postponed]
  • Date/Time:
    Wed 26 Feb 2020 14:00–17:00, Thu 27 - Fri 28 Feb 2020 10:30–16:00
  • Venue: Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • 26 Feb
    Public lecture “Various attempts for dictionary compilation”
    [open: No pre-registration is needed.]

    14:10-15:00 Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
    “Building a Thesaurus of Cultural Vocabulary Collaboratively: In Case of a Dictionary of Tibetan Pastoralism”
    15:10-16:00 Alexander Coupe (Nanyang Technological University)
    “On creating dictionaries for unwritten languages: fieldwork methodologies for community-based dictionary workshops”
    16:10-17:00 David Moeljadi (Palacký University Olomouc)
    “Building and Developing the Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Indonesian Dictionary Database”

    27 Feb
    Workshop on language documentation
    [open: Pre-registration is required.]

    10:30-11:15 Asako SHIOHARA (ILCAA)
    “Principle and practice of language documentation” (lecture)
    11:15-12:00 Norikazu KOGURA (ILCAA)
    “How to make good recordings” (lecture and hands-on session)
    13:00-14:30 Norikazu KOGURA (ILCAA)
    “How to manage Data management for field linguistics” (lecture and hands-on session)
    14:45-16:00 Asako SHIOHARA (ILCAA)
    “How to use Elan, a data annotation software” (lecture and hands-on session)

    28 Feb AM
    Workshop on Methods to visualize your research
    [open: Pre-registration is required.]

    10:30–11:00 Hayato AOI (ILCAA Research Associate, National Institute for Japanese Languages and Linguistics)
    “Three questions to design better slides”
    11:00–12:30 Tomoyo OTSUKI (ILCAA Research Associate)
    “Creating more effective visual presentations”

    28 Feb PM
    Spring Inter-University Seminarh
    [Not open to the public.]

  • Language: English (26 Feb), Japanese (27-28 Feb)
  • Admission: Free
  • Pre-registration is required.
    For the pre-registration details, please see here (617KB) (in Japanese).

Previous Field Linguistics Workshops

Field Linguistics Workshop (Special gathering)

  • Date/Time: 24 March 2016 (Thu.) 10:00-18:00
  • Venue: Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • 1. 10:00-12:00 Invited lectures Part1
  • Yukinori KIMOTO (Kyoto University)
    “Using ELAN in language documentation: a case of the Arta documentation project”
    Kentaro SUGANUMA (Kyushu University/JSPS Research Fellow)
    “Modern Uyghur phonology: A study on the phonological differences between native words and loanwords”
  • 2. 13:20-14:20 Lectures by research associates
  • Hiroyuki UMETANI (ILCAA Research Associate)
    “The difference between “clitics” and “fuzokugo (bound words)””
    Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA Research Associate)
    “Fieldwork in Tibetan Pastoral Area”
  • 3. 14:30-15:30 Lightning talks
  • Hideyuki ONISHI (Graduate school, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    Susumu OKAMOTO (Graduate school, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    Keita KURABE (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies/JSPS Research Fellow)
    Shu HIRATA (ILCAA Research Associate)
    Yohei YAMADA (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies/JSPS Research Fellow)
  • 4. 16:00-18:00 Invited lectures Part2
  • Daisuke EBINA (Kobe Yamate University)
    “Contact between Quechua and Aymara”
    Kazuyuki KIRYU (Mimasaka University)
    “An outline of the Meche language and the compilation and application of a dictionary of Meche: a case of data processing and appliaction”
  • Language: Japanese
  • Admission: Free
  • No pre-registration is needed.

Field Linguistics Workshop Follow-up Sessions

ILCAA offers follow-up sessions to support the participants of each Field Linguistics Workshops.

At the follow-up sessions for Documentary Linguistics Workshop and the Technical Workshops, we will cover topics concerning linguistic data management, such as the use of text editors, unicode fonts, input methods, regular expression, grep, metadata, comma-separated values file, and Toolbox.

Follow-up sessions for the Grammatical Studies Workshops are in plans.

Field Linguistics Workshop Follow-up Session 3

The application was closed.

Date/Time:13 May 2011 (Fri.) 16:00-17:30
Venue:Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
Details: This session is held as a follow-up for the participants of Toolbox WS (2010/07/11), ELAN WS (2010/07/19), Perl WS (2010/12/04) and DocLing WS (2010/02/02-05,2011/02/19-24).
In each session, we will cover topics concerning lingusitic data management, e.g., text editors, unicode fonts, input methods, regular expression, grep, metadata, comma-separated values file, and Toolbox (individual practice/consultation).
Language: Japanese
Report(Japanese): (70KB)

Field Linguistics Workshop Follow-up Session 2

Date/Time:7 October 2010 (Thu.) 16:30-18:00
Venue:Room 306 (Multimedia Seminar Room), ILCAA
Details:Regular Expressions for Beginners
Report(Japanese): (75KB)

Field Linguistics Workshop Follow-up Session 1

Date/Time:30 July 2010 (Fri.) 16:30-18:00
Venue:Seminar room, ILCAA
(1) Using text editors
(2) Unicode fonts for IPA
(3) Individual consultation for Toolbox users
The session is conducted in Japanese.
Report(Japanese): (134KB)

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