I am asking around on different mailing lists to gain some insight into the archiving habits of linguists who use lexical databases. I am specifically interested in databases created by tools like FLEx, ToolBox, Lexus, TshwaneLex, etc.
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I read a news article today that talked about a couple from Australia raffleing off their Micronesian resort. They must have sold more than 50,000 tickets for 49 aus. dollars. I think to myself “that is awesome. I’d love to buy a profitable business for $49. How cool is that!” In reality if I had seen the raffle before it ended I would likely not have bought a ticket because there was too much risk of getting nothing out of it. I wonder: am I not risky enough?
If I had my choice of dramatized Bibles to listen to I would chose one where Morgan Freeman was narrator, where Michael Cain was perhaps Samuel. And Samuel L. Jackson is the Egyptian Pharo. Then Danny DeVito was Paul or Peter. George Cloony as Joseph (OT). Linda Hunt as Miriam (NT).
Jeremiah came and visited me. I’m excited. It is a good thing. Becky and I made him a cake, a tiramisu cake.
We invited some friends over for dessert, and played wits & wagers. It was a bit of a delayed birthday celebration. He next day we went up to Portland.
Katja liked the swing so much that she complained about leaving. So put her im the swimg for a second round of swinging.
Birthday party for Jeremiah
Lots of laughter
We took JJ to Off the Waffel for Goat in the headlights
I'd like to do a Bike ride from Eugene, to Bend, OR via Willamette Pass on 58 and then return to Eugene via McKinnzie Pass on 126. 289 miles in total. Here is a map: https://goo.gl/maps/g6xWQCTHhrJ2 . The thing is I will need water. When I did my trip from Sisters to Eugene a few years ago water management was my issue during the ride (as well as fruit acquisition).
Here are some links for Hydration systems I am gathering information on:
What is the world coming to? Now even the eBay app has third party ads in it!
I tipped the scales at over 200 lbs. So I thought I might slim down.
I saw my first bees in the garden. It was a bumblebee pollinating the blueberries.
Just a quick thought.
Perception based loosely on facts:
A lot of language documentation money gets pushed towards endangered languages or languages with very few speakers. Is often endowed upon the aspiring academic, who may be promising to create a grammar for a previously un-written or undescribed language.
Sometimes I have the opportunity to read grammars. I read them and have questions about how the described data sounds. Both In context and as elicited. To that end I wonder if it wouldn't be money better spent for language documentation and benefit to the academy, if organizations funding language documentation research for the academy would rather fund the collection of audio texts and video texts of data already described in grammars. In a way provide the support that modern grammars should have.
That is, I find that often the state of grammars about languages (often about African languages) are so fraught with errors, or jaded with theoretical disposition, that it would be immensely helpful if these grammars were supported with audio texts. It seems that the focus on small, often dying, languages, requiring an impetus of "adequate" endangerment for funding, shows a pre-disposition to try and collect specimens of some exotic language. While the collection of rare specimens is good in some sense, it is not always the most gentrifying for the language speakers, nor is it really the most helpful for academic pursuits.