CoLang 2016

FLEx I and II

FieldWorks Language Explorer (FLEx) is a linguistic database for lexicographical and text data collection and analysis. It is designed to help linguists organize linguistic data, create dictionaries, analyze text materials, and study morphology.

The FLEx I workshop will introduce the software, beginning with the basics, and the class will create a FLEx database together. The FLEx I workshop particularly focuses on creating and editing the lexicon and interlinear texts. The class will learn how to create, open, and back up a project; create and edit lexical entries; create and edit text entries; add lexical entries from a text; print interlinearized texts; add audio files and images to lexical and text entries; and format the dictionary output.

Before the first class, workshop participants should download and install the latest stable release of FLEx (8.1.4 or later): http://fieldworks.sil.org/download/ No other software is needed for this class. Sample data sets and handouts with links to other useful software will be provided. Participants will leave the class with a basic understanding of the program, which I hope will encourage them to further explore the many possibilities of FLEx for language documentation, description, and revitalization work.

[FLEx I Syllabus]

 

The FLEx II workshop will assume an existing foundation of knowledge from the FLEx I course or an equivalent from personal experience. While the FLEx I course focuses heavily on how to create a database, the FLEx II course will further explore what can be done with an existing database. Participants will learn how to bulk edit the lexicon; share a database with colleagues; set up orthographies and keyboards; analyze texts; use the concordance; use the collect words tool; generate and edit the grammar sketch; edit relevant list items; handle allomorphs and variants; edit relevant grammatical information; and further configure the dictionary.

Again, before the first class, workshop participants should download and install the latest stable release of FLEx (8.1.4 or later):http://fieldworks.sil.org/download/ No other software is needed for this class. Sample data sets and handouts with links to other useful software will be provided. "

[FLEx II Syllabus]

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