Lau, Jonas (2021). A Digital Reference Grammar of Abesabesi. Towards a data format for digital reference grammars. PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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Digital technologies have not only transformed many aspects of private lives and the global economy, they have also made their entry into different fields of research. Within the discipline of linguistics, the fields of descriptive and comparative linguistics in particular have benefited greatly from digital data formats and software to manage vast amounts of data. Some digital formats are used extensively and have almost replaced their analog counterparts. Others have not yet managed to overcome the restrictions posed by their analog counterparts. One such format is the digital reference grammar. Digital publishing exists, but digitally published reference grammars rather resemble a digital copy of the paper grammar. Instead, a digital format specifically designed for reference grammars could overcome the limits of a paper grammar and add new possibilities. Although authors and readers could both strongly profit from a digital reference grammar (DRG), the development of a standardized format with accompanying software seems to entail various hurdles. This project, therefore, does not aim at the development of a general grammar platform where grammars can be authored and explored. It rather develops a DRG for the language Abesabesi (ISO 639-3: ibe) on a small scale and attempts to generalize the experiences of the author for a wider context of use whenever possible. Within this scope, the foundations toward a digital grammar format will be laid (Chapter 6), which could be used by a large scale grammar platform project in the future. The proposed format uses the ex�isting base for text encoding – the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) – and contains a method to use this standard for encoding reference grammars. This work also includes a detailed proposal on how to encode interlinear glossed text (IGT) in TEI.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Lau, Jonasjonas-lau@outlook.deUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-357193
Date: 13 September 2021
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 1: Kunstgeschichte, Musikwissenschaft, Medienkultur und Theater, Linguistik, IDH > Institut für Linguistik
Subjects: Data processing Computer science
Language, Linguistics
Other languages
Uncontrolled Keywords:
digital grammaticographyEnglish
digitale GrammatikographieGerman
Benue-Congo languagesEnglish
Text Encoding InitiativeEnglish
Date of oral exam: 18 June 2021
NameAcademic Title
Hellwig, BirgitProf. Dr.
Witt, AndreasProf. Dr.
Himmelmann, NikolausProf. Dr.
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Funders: a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP)
Projects: Documenting Abesabesi
Refereed: Yes


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