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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