By Claire Bowern (auth.)

Linguistic Fieldwork deals functional suggestions on components akin to making use of for investment, the 1st consultation on a brand new language, writing up the knowledge and returning fabrics to groups. This extended moment version presents new content material at the result of examine, on prosody elicitation, on box scan layout, and on operating in complicated syntax.

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MPEG is one common format. 2), backup, and storage, since the files are so large. Many digital stills cameras also have video functions. The quality is usually not very good – they have a small number of frames per second – but they are good in emergencies. g. three minutes), while others are limited by space on the storage media. The audio recording on just about all videos is of quite low quality, so whatever type of recorder you decide to use for visual recording, you 28 Linguistic Fieldwork will want a separate audio recorder too (or an external microphone which you can plug into the video camera).

Is it plugged in the microphone jack (and not the headphone plug)? If your microphone has its own power switch, is it on? Does it need its own battery? Is there blank recording media in the unit? Will it last the session? Do you have a spare? Technology in the Field ● ● ● ● ● 35 If you are recording one person, are they sitting about 8 inches away from the microphone? If you’re recording a group of people, is the microphone situated where it will pick up the best number of people at the best quality?

Analogue tapes are easy to play back in small portions, but they have to be digitised in real time. You should be able to make backup or archive recordings of your tapes easily. You will want to make working copies so you can store the originals in a safe place, and you don’t want to tie up your machine for hours while you do it. You should also record in a format that lets you easily make copies for community members, especially if you are doing a salvage project. You don’t want to be using all your battery power and work time making copies.

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