Next week DoReCo PI Frank Seifart delivers a lecture in Melbourne (well, virtually) on studying speech rate cross-linguistically. Join in and find out how we build the DoReCo database and how we exploit it: http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/news-and-media/events/article/?id=um-coedl-zoom-seminar-studying-speech-rate-cross-linguistically-frank-seifart-14-aug
Congrats Asst Prof Easterday
It’s official: (Former) DoReCo project member Shelece Easterday will be
assistant professor at the University of Hawai’i. Congratulations,
Shelece! We’re looking forward to cooperating with you at U Hawai’i on
corpus-based, cross-linguistic studies on, e.g., phonological complexity.
More research leading up to DoReCo in press now: Are utterance-final words pronounced more slowly than utterance-medial ones across diverse languages? Yes, results from 10 language documentation corpora indicate, and sometimes even penultimate words. Read all about it at http://doreco.info/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SeifartEtAl_FinalLengthening.pdf
Determinants of word durations in 10 languages
What makes speakers of diverse languages pronounce a word more quickly vs. more slowly? Research leading up to DoReCo investigated the effects of word frequency, complexity, position, and part of speech on word durations, comparing ten language documentation corpora. Read the full story at http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24926
Early into the second project year, we have now received data sets from more than 50 languages (see http://doreco.info/languages/). These data sets are currently at various stages of processing, but we have already fully processed and created alignments at the word and segment levels for the following five languages: Arapaho, Kamas, Svan, Urum, and Yongning Na. As the number of fully processed corpora grows, several exciting phonetic and morphological studies are already on their way, building on the research ideas described in http://doreco.info/project/. Stay tuned for more info!
DoReCo workflow @ LREC
We are proud to announce our latest publication, in which we describe in detail DoReCo’s data processing workflow:
Paschen, Ludger, François Delafontaine, Christoph Draxler, Susanne Fuchs, Matthew Stave & Frank Seifart (2020). Building a Time-Aligned Cross-Linguistic Reference Corpus from LanguageDocumentation Data (DoReCo). Proceedings of the 12th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2020), 2657–2666. http://www.lrec-conf.org/proceedings/lrec2020/pdf/2020.lrec-1.324.pdf
For a list of all DoReCo publications, see http://doreco.info/publications/
DoReCo’s sister project QUEST in Berlin is looking for a PostDoc to work on optimizing fieldwork data for cross-linguistic research. We’re open to candidates proposing their own cross-linguistic, cross-corpus research questions for exploratory projects, using, e.g. DoReCo data. Check out details at https://cutt.ly/8yGespq
Our host institution in Berlin, Leibniz-ZAS, currently invites applications for PhD positions, deadline 15.3.2020: https://tinyurl.com/rou29a8. One possibility are PhD projects that exploit and further develop DoReCo. Potential applicants are welcome to contact Frank Seifart before applying. Spread the word among your students and colleagues!
Upcoming conference presentations
Come see DoReCo presenting our work at three venues over the next three months! On November 28-29 we will be presenting at the GDR-LIFT kick-off meeting in Orléans, France (https://gdr-lift.loria.fr/lift-kick-off-meeting-november-28-29-orleans/). On December 13 we will be at the Workshop on Rate and Rhythm in Speech Recognition in Nijmegen, Netherlands (https://www.mpi.nl/events/rate-and-rhythm-speech-recognition-r3). And on January 2-5 we will be presenting at the Linguistics Society of America in New Orleans, USA (https://www.linguisticsociety.org/event/lsa-2020-annual-meeting).
We will be reporting, among other things, on our work with the MAUS system for phonemic time-alignment, developed by our project partners in Munich. Currently, the DoReCo corpus contains data from 40 languages, 20 of which have already been time-aligned, and many more on the way. If you’ll be at any of these three events, talk to us to find out more!
DoReCo kick-off meeting
Last week DoReCo held our scheduled workshop in Berlin to officially kick off the project, as well as to reflect on our experiences with processing corpora for the past six months. The workshop was attended by corpus creators of nearly twenty languages spoken on six continents, representatives of various language archives, as well as representatives of a number of related initiatives. It was a great opportunity to bring together many important voices from the fields of archival and corpus linguistics, language documentation, and typology to discuss the mission of the DoReCo project.
Discussions at the workshop were immensely helpful for clarifying how we can best make the DoReCo corpus available to the scientific community: for instance, which kinds of file formats to provide to the community, how to standardize data output, and what metadata would be most helpful for future users of the DoReCo web portal.
We also discussed broader and sometimes thornier issues related to archiving and research, such as how best to version data that is stored in multiple places, how to deal with licensing and citations, and what kinds of research questions can be answered with a reference corpus consisting of many, but relatively small, corpora.
There were also a number of new collaborations begun at the workshop, and we’re looking forward to working on these together. A big thank you to everyone who participated.