Creating Linked Data for the Interdisciplinary International Collaborative Study of Language Acquisition and Use: Achievements and Challenges of a New Virtual Linguistics Lab

  • María Blume
  • Suzanne Flynn
  • Barbara Lust


In this paper, we describe and exemplify our development of a cyber-tool, the Data Transcription and Analysis tool (DTA tool) that is currently being implemented in the Virtual Center for Language Acquisition through a Virtual Linguistic Lab (VLL). We review this cyber-tool’s design and accomplishments to date, assessing its ability to address. We explicate the architecture and usability of the DTA tool, we summarize its current status, possibilities for expansion, and related challenges we currently confront. We focus on the conceptual and functional structure of this tool here, and not on technical aspects of its programming.


Resource Description Framework Link Data Language Acquisition Language Data Speech Mode 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Languages and LinguisticsUniversity of Texas at El PasoEl PasoUSA

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