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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 63
Title: A Distributed Architecture for the Documentation of Language and Culture
Lead Author: Pye, Clifton
Abstract: A Distributed Architecture for the Documentation of Language and Culture Clifton Pye Linguistics The University of Kansas The flat earth that Thomas Friedman describes is rapidly leveling linguistic and cultural variation. Half of the worlds 6,000 languages are moribund. Only 600 languages may remain by the end of this century. There is a critical need to document the linguistic and cultural variation that presently exists before it disappears forever. This goal requires the development of new tools and processes to record, preserve and share as much of the human intellectual genome as possible. Advances in networked communications now enable investigators around the world to construct a distributed archive of linguistic and cultural data. A distributed archive would allow linguistic experts to share ideas and procedures for documenting linguistic features. A shared archive would flag areas in urgent need of documentation. The individual researcher would have access to models of the best practices in the field. A distributed archive would allow native speakers to make their own contributions and search for new ways to preserve their language and culture. An open archive has obvious applications across the social sciences. Its chief advantage is that it would allow social scientists to document a wider array of human behavior while giving subjects a role in documenting their own lives.
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