Field Input Environment for Linguistic Data
  The initial version of the E-MELD data input tool-set was designed just for Biao Min, a Hmong-Mien language, but as work proceeded, it became clear that it was useful as a generalized data input tool. As a result, the system was expanded to incorporate the GOLD linguistic ontology being developed as part of the E-MELD project at the University of Arizona. The resulting interface was then tested and expanded by the input of actual linguistic data from endangered languages, one the Guaicuruan language, Mocoví, and the other the Algonquian language Potawatomi. Dr Laura Buszard-Welcher of the E-MELD project, who inputted the Potawatomi data, then worked on refining the interface. The system has now been used to input quantities of data from 12 languages, some of which are listed here.

The goal is to produce a flexible tool which is customizable to accommodate language data of many different language families and typological configurations. Included in the tool is CHARwrite©, a web-based IPA keyboard for the input of phonetic transcription. The input tool is currently installed on the E-MELD section of the LINGUIST List web site and is being used by editors for the input of Biao Min data.

The beta version allows you to try the input tool and browse forms that already have been entered. (To learn more about this tool, please contact us.) If you have data that you would like to contribute to the E-MELD project, please contact Anthony Aristar. To access the beta version, click on the links below.

Try the Field Linguist Input Tool:  FIELD

Please note that this is an initial testing version, an enhanced version of FIELD, including comprehensive help tutorials and the ability to customize language profiles is under construction and will be available for testing soon. The E-MELD project can only develop with your help; we welcome the advice and suggestions of the linguistic community.


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