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Language documentation resources

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There is a growing literature on language documentation. Here are some of the foundational articles and books.

Gippert, Joost, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann and Ulrike Mosel. (eds.) 2006.  Essentials of language documentation, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter

Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. 1998. Documentary and descriptive linguistics. Linguistics, 36.161–195.

Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. 2008. Reproduction and preservation of linguistic knowledge: linguistics' response to language endangerment. Annual Review of  Anthropology, 39:337-50.

Woodbury, Tony. 2003. Defining documentary linguistics. In P. Austin (ed.) Language documentation and description, Vol. 1, 35-51. London: SOAS.


A useful overview of language documentation can be found at the HRELP What is language documentation? page, and the resources at their 'Online resources for endangered languages' page are also helpful. 


The Language Documentation Crowd is a website dedicated to raising awareness and support for language and culture documentation through crowd funding.