A nice fieldmethods class project site on Kalmyk

Thought this nice site was worth a share:

It makes me sad how a lot of data from fieldmethods classes kind of fade away without anything accessible to the wider world; not the case in Seth Cable’s 2016 fieldmethods class on Kalmyk, the westernmost Mongolic language, spoken in Kalmykia.

What I really like about this site is how straightforward it is.

(Settle down, Tom Cruise, that’s exactly what this site does.)

I love this. Make a little website and put it on your .edu server, put up the corpus and student research, link to the media on Google Drive, done. Permanent, accessible archive.

If I were to make one recommendation it would be to add a playable interface for all the great texts. But because the data is very tidy and well-structured, that is definitely something someone could do — in other words, because the data is consistently structured, it has a solid future. And other derivative presentations and analyses of the data are quite feasible.



<!DOCTYPE session SYSTEM "session.dtd">

<session
	sound-file="UMASS404-KALMYK-020116-1.mp3"
	type="class"
	date="February 1, 2016"
	transcriber="Tracy Preza">

<datum>
	<sentence time="3:33">
		<kalmyk>dord͡ʒə sɑglərige yzd͡ʒə</kalmyk>
		<english>Dorje saw sagler</english>
		<gloss>
			<word>
				<kalmyk>dord͡ʒə </kalmyk>
				<english>Male name</english>
				<notes></notes>
			</word>
			<word>
				<kalmyk>sɑglərige </kalmyk>
				<english>Female name+[ige]</english>
				<notes>[ige] appears to be a differential object marker (optional)</notes>
			</word>
			<word>
				<kalmyk>yzd͡ʒə </kalmyk>
				<english>saw</english>
				<notes>[d͡ʒə] seems to denote past tense</notes>
			</word>
		</gloss>
	</sentence>
</datum>

<datum>
	<sentence time="5:32">
		<kalmyk>sɑglər dord͡ʒəigə yzd͡ʒə </kalmyk>
		<english>Sagler saw Dorje</english>
		<gloss>
			<word>
				<kalmyk> sɑglər </kalmyk>
				<english>Female Name</english>
				<notes>(optional)</notes>
			</word>
			<word>
				<kalmyk> dord͡ʒəigə </kalmyk>
				<english>Male Name+igə</english>
				<notes>(optional)</notes>
			</word>
			<word>
				<kalmyk> yzd͡ʒə </kalmyk>
				<english>Saw</english>
				<notes> (optional)</notes>
			</word>
		</gloss>
	</sentence>
</datum>

</session>
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