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Map Making for Language Documentation and Description

Gawne, Lauren and Ring, Hiram (2016) 'Map Making for Language Documentation and Description.' Language Documentation and Conservation. (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

This paper introduces readers to map making as part of language documentation. We discuss some of the benefits and ethical challenges in producing good maps, drawing on linguistic geography and GIS literature. We then describe current tools and practices that are useful when creating maps of linguistic data, particularly using locations of field sites to identify language areas/boundaries. We demonstrate a basic workflow that uses CartoDB, before demonstrating a more complex workflow involving Google Maps and TileMill. We also discuss presentation and archiving of mapping products. The majority of the tools identified and used are open source or free to use.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of Linguistics
Depositing User: Lauren Gawne
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2016 15:39
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/21930

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