Dena'ina: Creating an Archival Alignment File

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The content of this page was developed from the data of Dr. James Kari. The conversion work was undertaken as part of the DATA (Dena'ina Archiving, Training, and Access) project, a 3-year project organized by LINGUIST List in collaboration with the Alaska Native Language Center and funded by the National Science Foundation, under grant OPP-0326805.

The initial audio digitization was funded by the University of Alaska President's Special Projects Fund.

Alignment of Text and Audio in ELAN

Using the ELAN (Eudico Linguistic Annotator) software created by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, a two-tier alignment of Dena'ina text and audio selections was created.

Creating Linguistic Types and Tiers

The first step in creating alignments in ELAN was to define Linguistic Types for the project. In this case, two types were needed:


The next step was to define Tiers:


Making Time Divisions

Dena'ina text was then associated with timespans of the audio file by highlighting the desired section of the waveform, double-clicking, and adding text. Note that ELAN is fully Unicode-compatible.


The English translation is then associated with the corresponding Dena'ina text.

Follow the path of the Dena'ina Data

  1. Get started: Summary of the Dena'ina conversion
  2. Digitize audio data: Audio pages (Classroom)
  3. Convert characters to Unicode: Conversion page (Classroom)
  4. Align text: Interlinearized glossed text pages (classroom)
  5. Store data: XML pages (classroom)
  6. Render data: Stylesheets pages (classroom)

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