Date:2015.02.17[Tue]- 02.23[Mon]

Past Projects / DocLing
Event already held

DocLing 2015: Documentary Linguistics Workshop focusing on working with native speaker linguists and resource development.


This workshop is an opportunity for field linguistic researchers to receive basic training in language documentation research. It aims to provide methodological and technical training in various aspects of language documentation and archiving of endangered/minority languages.

Language documentation research aims to systematically and comprehensively accumulate raw linguistic data of individual languages. What makes it different from a traditional descriptive approach is that its interest centers on the data itself. Audio and video materials obtained through fieldwork can be used not only for linguistic study in a narrow sense, but also may serve as data for research in various fields, language revitalization activities and so forth. The workshop focuses on the potential value of the raw data and considers how to enhance its quality and usability.

The following topics are planned to be covered this year:

  • what is “language documentation”?
  • what is “language archiving”?
  • how to maximise the quality of recording audio and video data (choice of recording equipment and techniques)
  • data management (processing and assigning metadata)
  • data mobilization
  • archiving
  • photography in language documentation
  • fieldwork issues
  • documenting conversations


17 (Tue.)–23 (Mon.), February 2015, 10:00–17:00


Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies


  • Peter Austin (SOAS, University of London)
  • David Nathan (EWA, University of Oxford)
  • Anthony Jukes (CRLD, La Trobe University)
  • Sonja Riesberg (University of Cologne)
  • Toshihide Nakayama (ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
  • Hideo Sawada (ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

Native Speaker Consultants

  • David Sangdong [speaker of Rawang (Myanmar)], SIL international
  • Arzhaana Syuryun [speaker of Tuvan (Russia)], Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Deisyi Batunan [speaker of Talaud (Indonesia)], Manado State University
  • Antonio Soares [speaker of Makasae (Indonesia)], Udayana State University


On Saturday 21st there is an Alumni event from 17:10 – 18:40 followed by a party 18:40 – 20:15 at the University Center.

10:00-11:20 11:40-13:00 14:00-15:20 15:40-17:00 17:10-
Tue Feb 17 Introduction to language documentation (PA) Fieldwork techniques & elicitation (SR) Ethics (PA) Documentation outcomes (DN & AJ) Prepare individual laptops / software
Wed Feb 18 Documenting conversations and other genres (TN, AJ) Planning language documentation & group projects (AJ, SR, DN) Group work
Project planning (groups, staff)
Group work
Report & feedback (groups, staff)
Thur Feb 19 Audio (DN) Software for documentation (PA) [parallel]
(1)Audio practical (AJ)
(2)Software practical (SR)
(1)Software practical (SR)
(2)Audio practical (AJ)
Fri Feb 20 Data management (DN) Data practical (DN & PA) Group work
Recording with consultants (groups, staff)
Sat Feb 21 Photography for documentation (HS) [choice]
(1)Advanced software for metadata (SR)
(2)Web delivery (DN)
Group work
Project work (groups, staff)
Group work
Project work (groups, staff)
Also, individual clinic sessions
Alumni meeting (17:10-18:40)
Party (18:40-20:15)
Mon Feb 23 Group work
Project work (groups, staff)
Also, individual clinic sessions
Group work
Project finalisation (groups, staff)
Group project presentations (all) Group project presentations (continued)
Wrap-up (all)

PA:Peter Austin, DN:David Nathan, AJ:Anthony Jukes, SR:Sonja Riesberg, TN:Toshihide Nakayama, HS:Hideo Sawada

Information for Participants

  • Participants are expected to attend the whole program (a certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the workshop). If you have any questions, please contact us ( for more information.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop Windows PC and recording equipment for the workshop.
  • On the first day (17 Feb) please come to ILCAA (Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa) by 9:30. See the access guide.
  • The reading materials are here.