Be Not Like the Wind: Access to Language and Music Records, Next Steps
Nicholas Thieberger, Amanda Harris
Proceedings of the Language Technologies for All (LT4All) | European Language Resources Association (ELRA) | Published : 2020
Language archives play an important role in keeping records of the world’s languages safe. Accessible audio recordings held in archives can be used by speakers of small and endangered languages, and their communities, and provide a base for further research and documentation. There is an urgent need for historical analog tape recordings to be located and digitised, as they will soon be unplayable. PARADISEC holds records in 1228 languages. We run training for language documentation and are developing technologies to localise access to language records. A concerted effort is needed to support language archives and sustain language diversity.