CIRCL: Joseph Pentangelo (Language Documentation)

MAR 19, 2019 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




March 19, 2019: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM




Joseph Pentangelo will be presenting on a topic in Language Documentation.

360º Language Documentation of Kanien’kéha(Mohawk)

In October, I presented at CIRCL about the application of virtual reality to language documentation. By recording in 360º, virtual reality presents an improvement on traditional video recording: ideal for conversations between 3 or more speakers, it eliminates the need    to either pan the camera to each speaker or to get everyone in a single frame. In addition, the viewer gets to choose where to focus their attention, and is less limited by the aims of the original researcher.

For my dissertation, I have recently conducted some fieldwork  in  Akwesasne, a Kanien'keha:ka (Mohawk) community that straddles the border between New York, Ontario, and Quebec. This talk will focus on some of what I've learned: the practicalities of using a 360º camera and audio recorder to document several conversations, and what did and didn't work. I will also discuss the importance of language revitalization to the Akwesasne community, where Kanien'kéha language classes are ongoing and well-attended.

Woodbury, Tony. (2003) Defining Documentary Linguistics. In Language Documentation and Description, vol. 1, ed. Peter K. Austin. London: Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project