Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 502. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2019-03-02 15:45:46+00:00 From: Catharine Mason
Subject: Creating visual representation of stylized oral discouse Dear Willard and all Members of the Humanist Discussion Group, I am seeking any and all advice in the creation of a text editor for "entexutualizing" oral discourse. I am especially interested in questions of formatting and the markup of stylistic features of textual form and poetic functions and the like, most of which would be integrated in annotations. Working with a group of scholars in various cross disciplines such as sociolinguistics and anthropological linguistics, I have studied a wide body of encoded and annotated transcriptions by specialists in fields such as ethnopoetics, discourse analysis, and folklore and oral tradition more broadly. My purpose has been to identify standards in the study and visual representation of vocal and verbal arts, and to systematize inquires as well as variables in formatting choices. Much of what we do focuses on relationships between text segments and also social contextual indexing of meanings, so annotations ("metadata") are a central part of what we are gathering. Many of these questions arose in the late 1950s, and were formulated and debated throughout the 1990s. But despite the rise in interest in indigenous languages, very little funding is made available to anything other than documenting lexical, grammatical and morpho-syntactic data. The focus of my study is on the stylistics of social practices of language. I have been doing this for 10 years via non-profits founded in France and in the US (some info may be found on vovarts.org). We had always assumed that we would program our text editor using TEI, but I am afraid that this might greatly limit the number of people that could potentially provide very valuable data and metadata, namely insights into the deeper cultural meanings of spoken word performance. I am next to ignorant in questions about metalanguages and templates and would be deeply grateful to any guidance that specialists might provide. We are also looking to expand our team and clearly need someone either in TEI if we take that leap, or another solution that might allow our potentially very large user base to participate in the collection process. For the moment, we are operating with zero funding, but we are also exploring the possibility of a startup as a parallel for-profit venture to finance the archive. If our startup succeeds, the project could expand into something quite beyond our original purpose and we will want to invest sustainable human-centered technology, of course. Thanks for any and all consideration! -- Catharine Mason, PhD Research Professor English and Linguistic Ethnography Université de Caen Normandie UFR LVE (Modern Languages Department) 14032 CAEN Cedex France Laboratoire CRISCO http://crisco.unicaen.fr/membres/catharine-mason-919741.kjsp?RH=1536071353594 https://unicaen.academia.edu/CatharineMason President, Association VOVA France VOVA, Inc. www.vovarts.org https://www.facebook.com/CrossingLanguageBorders Board Member, Pays des Miroirs Productions http://www.paysdesmiroirs.com/ Civ.Works https://civ.works _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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