Language Documentation And Description

[from the announcement by Peter Austin to the Endangered Languages mailing list; reproduced here since the volume includes several articles related to ethics topics. CB]

Language Documentation and Description Volume 7 is a special issue containing lectures on topics in language documentation and description from the 3L Summer School held at SOAS in June-July 2009. The lectures have been revised and expanded for publication, with added examples, diagrams, tutorial questions and exercises, and suggestions for further reading. Additional papers, by Peter Austin (practical advice on applying for a research grant) and David Nathan (on the role of audio, based on a paper published in the International Association of Sound Archives journal), will make the volume particularly useful to aspiring language documenters.

The lectures and papers represent state-of-the-art discussions of the theory and practice of language documentation and description by leading exponents, and the volume will be of interest to anyone teaching or learning about documenting and describing languages. The volume will be published in early 2010.

The price for LDD 7 is normally GBP 10 however until 31 January 2010 only, we are offering a special pre-order price of GBP 7.50 (plus P & P), a 25% discount. To order use the discount order form [.doc], or visit our website (


Editor’s Introduction – Peter K. Austin
Current Issues in Language Documentation – Peter K. Austin
Communities and Ethics in Language Documentation – Peter K. Austin
Research Methods in Language Documentation – Friederike Luepke
Documenting Sign Languages – Adam Schembri
Language Documentation and Language Policy – Julia Sallabank
Language Documentation and Archiving – David Nathan
Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory – Peter Sells
Language Documentation and Typology – Oliver Bond
Roles and methods for audio in language documentation – David Nathan
Applying for a Language Documentation Research Grant – Peter K. Austin
List of resources

Volumes 1 to 6 of Language Documentation and Description are also available for purchase from our website. Orders for multiple copies to the same address attract a discount – contact elap -AT- for details.


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