Hugh Paterson

Hugh Paterson III is serving in SIL Americas Area bringing linguistics in SIL and the digital world closer together. In 2010 he spent four months in México working on a language documentation project; documenting four different, closely related languages. While there, among other things he set up the data management processes for audio, video and metadata. For the last six months he has been working with the Language and Culture Archive in Dallas, Tx. setting up processes for digitizing audio, video and photos spanning SIL's work over the last 70 years. Currently he is working with the team redesigning sil.org as a User Experience Designer, helping to facilitate easier access to digital resources. He received his B.A. in German from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and is currently an M.A. Student in Linguistics at the University of North Dakota.
Dallas, Texas
  • Worked with a team to bring language documentation and linguistic content to the web in a user friendly manner with current web technologies.
  • Acted as a business consultant to organizational units in SIL to bring their services to the web.
  • Major areas of participation: Information Architecture, Planing, Business Analysis, User Experience Analysis.
  • Established archival quality digitization procedures for language documentation and minority language education materials.
  • Collaborated with the Language & Culture Archive to establish metadata schemas for audio and video materials, both for discovery and processing of materials through digitization workflows.
  • Managed a team of volunteers digitizing various mediums of language documentation and cultural resources.
  • Worked with SIL staff in México doing language documentation
  • Established project metadata tracking and file organization procedures for multi-researcher language documentation project
  • Made project specific technology recommendations for language documentation and language development use cases
St. Louis, Missouri
  • Developing complete solutions based on customers’ specific needs.
  • Provided one-on-one training to customers on Apple products.
  • Created brand advocates by providing an amazing, personalized shopping experience to each and every customer.
Smith Haven, New York
  • Developing complete solutions based on customers’ specific needs.
  • Provided one-on-one training to customers on Apple products.
  • Created brand advocates by providing an amazing, personalized shopping experience to each and every customer.

Native: English
Near-native fluency: German
Basic reading knowledge: Dutch, Middle High German, Swiss German, Spanish
Some knowledge: Mandarin, Nepali, Koine Greek

Lexical dataset archiving: an assessment of practice. Poster presented at the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, HI. February 26th – March 1st Version 1.0

African Languages: Assessing the text input difficulty. Paper presented at the 46th Annual Conference of African Linguistics. Held at the University of Oregon 26th-28th March 2015

Assessing the difficulty of the text input task for minority languages. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, HI. February 26th – March 1st

Language archiving and data ecology. Presentation at the University of Oregon GLOSS and the Department of Linguistics Colloquium, Eugene, OR, 23 May

Keyboard layout as part of language documentation: the case of the Me’phaa and Chinantec keyboards. Paper presented at: Language Endangerment:Methodologies and New Challenges, CRASSH Cambridge, UK. 6 July [Blog post] [Youtube video of presentation]

Getting things out of FLEx: Dictionaries in multiple modes. International Workshop on Fieldworks Software. Universiti Malaysia Sabah, 17-21 October 2011.

Lasting Linguistics: Making a Meaningful Mark. with John Clifton & Steve Marlett. University of North Dakota 2009 linguistics colloquium series, 30 July. [PDF and Notes]

An Unlikely Retention. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference of Austronesian Linguistics, 22-26 June, Aussois, France.

Repair strategies used with the interdental approximant in some Philippine languages. Presentation at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Academic Forum, 18 May.

Paterson III, Hugh J. (2014) Keyboard layouts: Lessons from the Meꞌphaa and Sochiapam Chinantec designs in Endangered Languages and New Technologies edited by Mari C. Jones. pp. 49-66.

Kenneth S. Olson, Jeff Mielke, Josephine Sanicas-Daguman, Carol Jean Pebley and Hugh J. Paterson (2010). The phonetic status of the (inter)dental approximant. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 40 , pp 199-215 doi:10.1017/S0025100309990296

  • Austronesian historical linguistics
  • Language documentation
  • Linguistic cartography
  • Social-linguistic & non-aural factors influencing sound change
  • Phonetic articulations involving tongue protrusion
  • Research methodologies granting greater access to usable linguistic and language data
  • Web-based linguistic services
  • User experience design
  • Accessibility & usability of research data
  • Workflow design and optimization