Valuing technology: Finding the linguist’s place in a new technological universe
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The focus of this paper is on the relationship between technology and language documentation and description. It is largely inspired by Bird and Simons (2003), or more specifically, section 4 of that paper (Bird and Simons 2003:570–2), where they suggest a general model for developing recommendations for the use of technology in the creation of linguistic resources—which I term the values-desiderata-recommendations model. Unlike Bird and Simons (2003), however, my primary goal is not to use that model to generate a set of so-called best-practice recommendations for linguistic resources. Rather, I seek to expand upon the conceptual foundations and assumptions of the model so that its general applicability to issues in language documentation technology can be made clearer to a general linguistics audience.