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About LD&C

What is LD&C?
Language Documentation & Conservation (LD&C) is a fully refereed, online open-access journal sponsored by the National Foreign Language Resource Center and published exclusively in electronic form by the University of Hawai‘i Press.

What does LD&C publish?
LD&C publishes papers on all topics related to language documentation and conservation, including, but not limited to, the goals of language documentation, data management, fieldwork methods, ethical issues, orthography design, reference grammar design, lexicography, methods of assessing ethnolinguistic vitality, archiving matters, language planning, areal survey reports, short field reports on endangered or underdocumented languages, reports on language maintenance, preservation, and revitalization efforts, plus software, hardware, and book reviews.

How often is LD&C published?
LD&C employs a "publish upon acceptance" system. We do not publish volumes on a regular schedule, but instead upload articles and reviews as they become ready for publication after the review and editing processes.

Why is LD&C necessary?
While no reliable data exist concerning the level of documentation of the world’s languages, a plausible estimate is that fewer than 10% are well-documented, meaning that they have comprehensive grammars, extensive dictionaries, and abundant texts in a variety of genres and media. The remaining 90% are, to varying degrees, underdocumented, or, for all intents and purposes, undocumented. Moreover, the languages of the world are now faced with an extinction crisis, the magnitude of which may well prove to be very large. Consequently, there is an evident and urgent need to document the many under/undocumented languages of the world, and, where appropriate, to assist in their preservation. LD&C is the only journal exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of linguists and language activists engaged in this essential work.

Why is LD&C published as an online, open-access journal?
LD&C is a 21st century journal. It was designed as an online journal to insure that the contributions of its authors are accessible to the largest audience possible. It was created as an open-access journal—that is, as a free journal—to insure that it is available to all readers, without concern for cost. Further, by employing an electronic format, LD&C can include audio and video content, thus transcending the limitations of conventional paper journals.

How did LD&C get started?
The initial planning for LD&C took place at a meeting held at the East-West Center in Honolulu on April 7–8, 2006. This meeting was attended by 28 linguists and academics involved in the field of language documentation and conservation. The participants came from Japan’s National Museum of Ethnology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, the University of Melbourne, the University of Minnesota, the University of Oregon, and the University of Toronto.

How is LD&C archived?
LD&C is electronically archived by the ScholarSpace system of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library.

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