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2nd Trondheim Workshop in Language Description and Documentation

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September 10th - 13th, 2012

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Classroom1.jpg Dragvoll2.jpg© Jørn Adde

© Dorothee Beermann

The focus of this year's workshop is Grammar Writing and Tools. We will have a special lecture on Linguistic Anthropology.


September 10th-13th Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

with coffee break

9:30 - 10:00 arrival and coffee

10:00-10:10 Opening of the Workshop by the Dean for the Humanities Kathrine Skretting

10:10 - 12:00

Documentary and Descriptive Linguistics

Ulrike Mosel and Dorothee Beermann

room tba

9:30 - 12:00

Grammar Writing

Ulrike Mosel

room tba


Tools for linguists -

Paunaka Documentation Project

Lena Terhart

room tba


Grammar Writing

Ulrike Mosel

room tba

13:15 - 15:30

with coffee break


Han Sloetjes

room tba

Linguistic Anthropolgy

Ingjerd Hoëm

room tba


Dorothee Beermann

room tba

Round Table


17:15-19:00 Round Table

room tba


ELAN & TypeCraft

Language Lab


ELAN & TypeCraft

Language Lab

sponsored Workshop Dinner


If you are a student and wish to attend the workshop, and your institution cannot (or can only partially) cover your travel costs, you may apply for a travel grant of NOK 1500 to help you to cover travel expenses within Scandinavia. We can subsidize a maximum 5 participants.

For travel grants from outside Scandinavia, please keep yourself updated on this website.

In order to apply, you will need to supply your name and address as well as the name of your academic institution and some information about the study program that you follow. Please send your details to the following e-mail address:

Email: More information soon


Reaching Trondheim from the airport

After arrival in Trondheim you will find an airport bus called 'flybuss', waiting in front of the terminal building. All flights are connected to airport buses that will take you directly to Trondheim where they stop at several central locations.

The prize of the bus ticket is NOK 100,00.

For those booked in a hotel, please follow the announcements in the bus.

For those booked in the Youth Hostel, please ask the driver to stop at Lademoen kirke ( Lademoen church).

The google map under STUDENT ACCOMMODATION shows you how to get from the Lademoen-kirke bus stop to the Youth Hostel.

Meals and Workshop Dinner



Welcome Evening - Sunday 9th

We have reserved a table from 18:00 on for a welcome meeting at the pub Den Gode Nabo. The pub has the largest selection of beer in Trondheim and serves small meals in the Pizza-Hamburger category.

Hope to see you on Sunday for a welcome drink!

Conference Dinner

We hope that the workshop dinner can again take place at the Trondheim Festning. It was a real success at our first LDD workshop.

Student accommodation

The Trondheim Youth Hostel

...Reviews of the Youth Hostel

If you prefer to book a room in one of the many hotels in Trondheim you find more information at Trondheim's Offical Website

The way from the flight busstop Lademoen kirke to the Youth Hostel(vandrerhjem)

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Workshop location

Norwegian University of Science and Technology - Dragvoll campus

The LDD workshop is located at Dragvoll the campus of the Humanities (Det humanistiske fakultet (HF)) and the Faculty of Samfunnsvitenskap and Teknologiledelse (SVT) of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

At the Dragvoll campus you find next to the University library also a book store, a kiosk with a post service, a Mensa, and a coffee shop.

Find workshop rooms

rooms to be announced

Campus plan: media:DragvollCampus.pdf


Documentary and Descriptive Linguistics

Ulrike Mosel and Dorothee Beermann

What distinguishes the activities of documentary and descriptive linguists from those of other linguists? Why is it still important to stress the rights of the individuals and communities contributing to language documentation? What is the role of language documentation and descriptive linguistics in Scandinavia? How does our methodology differ from other fields of linguistics and what does Language Documentation and Description (LDD) contribute to linguistics and related fields?

The new fields of data driven linguistics have contributed substantially to the archiving of the World's endangered languages and to Digital Humanities with the standardization and exchange of linguistic research data. Language Documentation has in addition sparked a more general interest in data-driven linguistic inquiries.

LDD is world-wide a success. It facilitates new ways of interdisciplinary research between anthropologists, computational and classical linguists, leading to new methodologies and new tools.

In our talk we will introduce the field, discuss its role in Scandinavia, and present some of the new activities connected to this vibrant field of inter-cultural and interdisciplinary research.

Grammar Writing

Ulrike Mosel, Emerita and former Chair of Linguistics at the Seminar für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft, University of Kiel and for many years members of the steering committee of the DOBES programme is specialised in linguistic typology and Oceanic languages and has widely published on Oceanic languages, especially on Tolai (Papua New Guinea) and Samoan.

The first session on grammar writing starts with an introduction into the typology of grammars with respect to their purpose, content and structure, and then focuses on the role of grammaticography in language documentation, especially its interaction with the text recordings and lexicography.

In the second session we will discuss the methods of data collection, analysis and description. In particular, I will address the workflow of writing a grammar of a previously undescribed language and show how ELAN and the query language of Regular Expressions can be fruitfully employed in grammar writing.


Han Sloetjes is a software developer at The Language Archive of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. He is the main responsible person for maintaining and extending ELAN.

ELAN is an annotation tool for digital (or digitized) audio and video recordings. It is a generic annotation tool that is being used in several research areas.

The lecture consists of two parts:
A. A brief introduction to the tool and an overview of its main functionalities. (Presentation)
B. Practical training in working with the tool. A step-by-step approach will guide the user through the basic functions of ELAN, with an emphasis on features that are relevant for Language Documentation projects. (Hands-on)

Linguistic Antropology

Ingjerd Hoëm


Paunaka Documentation Project

Lena Terhart is a PhD student in the Paunaka Documentation Project at the University of Leipzig. Her task is to document and describe Paunaka, a critically endangered Southern Arawakan language.

The Praxis of Language Documentation in the Paunaka Documentation Project

During the last decades, Language Documentation has emerged as a new field in Linguistics. In connection, new tools such as Elan and TypeCraft have been developed and digital archives have been set up to guarantee long-term storage of data. Language Documentation has also increased the awareness of fieldwork ethics, speakers‘ rights and fieldworkers‘ responsibilities towards the language communities.

In this session, I will focus on the practical side of Language Documentation by giving insights into work in the Paunaka Documentation Project. How do we make use of the tools? What problems did we encounter? How are speakers‘ rights realized? How does a typical day in the field look like?

Much of my experience is specific to the fieldwork situation encountered with speakers of Paunaka and may not be transferrable to other fieldwork situations. It may nevertheless give students an idea how Language Documentation can look like.

Text Annotation

Dorothee Beermann is an assoc. professor at NTNU. Her fields of research are syntax and lexical semantics. She has specialised in the use of online data basing for Language Description and Documentation

The processing of field data is one of the most important linguistic tasks. It lays the fundamentals for documentary linguistics and for data-driven linguistic description and analysis. We will start with a survey of a range of interlinear glossed texts, focusing on format and function of the annotations. We will discuss linguistic standards and their use in an incremental and explorative annotation process. We will discuss the creation and maintenance of individual and collaborative research corpora using the online database TypeCraft.

Our lecture goes hand in hand with the practical training in the "Hands-on ELAN & TypeCraft" evening classes. Related to text annotation, we will give a brief introduction to the TypeCraft online Glosser and an overview of its main functionalities. Also in the evening classes, prrofessional video and audio anntoation with ELAN with be presented by Han Sloetjes.

The presentations will be followed by practical training in working with the tools. A step-by-step approach will guide the user through the basic functions of TypeCraft and ELAN with an emphasis on features that are relevant for Language Documentation projects and data-driven language description and analysis.