Digital Devices in Sociolinguistic Fieldworks
by Kenjiro Matsuda
With digital recording devices becoming increasingly popular, sociolinguists
are now able to record their interviews in a digital format. The question
here is, which format we should adopt and how we combine different devices.
Based on the idea that sociolinguistic data is recylclable, this paper
proposes three principles that should be followed in the fieldwork data
digitization, and the optimal combination of digital devices corresponding
to the three phases in sociolinguistic projects (interview,
transcription/analysis and archiving). I will also touch in the use of the
Minidisc and a possible trap involving the SCMS.
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