SIG:Linguistics - bibliography

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The LingSIG has among its intended deliverables a collection of bibliographic references to publications/presentations that address linguistic or language-resource issues either from the perspective of the TEI, or that are considered relevant for TEI-based systems that may be constructed in the future.

We now use Zotero as the primary tool for collecting references. Zotero started out as a Firefox add-on but is now also available for the users of Safari and Chrome, and a standalone cross-platform version is available as well. It also has word processor plugins that allow for easy insertion of references into your documents.

Zotero accepts various bibliographic formats as its input and, crucially for us, in now has integrated TEI biblStruct export (created by Stefan Majewski).

The LingSIG reference collection is to be found in the library section of the TEI-LingSIG subgroup of the Zotero community.


How to use Zotero for sharing your references

Briefly, you need a free account at Zotero and you need to join the TEI-LingSIG group, and the rest is a matter of point-and-click-and-edit. Longer instructions are available in the Zotero documentation, which comes in various shapes: from the main site (note the FAQ), and e.g. from Northwestern Uni.

Warning: depending on your Zotero preferences, the instance of the reference library on your PC may be dynamically synchronised every few seconds with the main library on the Zotero site. Please be careful not to accidentally delete items from the shared library -- there is unfortunately no setting that would guard us against that, short of restricting the number of editors, which would be rather impractical: we want as many editors as we can get. We back up the library from time to time, and it is generally a good idea for everyone as well. Instructions on how to make backups are available, including an illustrated guide.

Note the existence of the FreeCite citation parser, which is able to turn informal references into a format that can be imported-from-clipboard into your Zotero. Other parsers are linked from the FreeCite site. Zotero also readily accepts BibTeX-formatted references, though depending on their origin, you should be ready for some hand-editing, e.g. of the titles or author names.


Not all tags make sense in the context of this SIG, and many tags created by automatic import are just junk. You are therefore strongly encouraged to deselect the option "Automatically tag items with keywords and subject headings" in the General|Miscellaneous section of Zotero preferences when importing new items into the group library.

Additional tasks

The tasks that the LingSIG should monitor and encourage in the context of Zotero are at least the following:

  • examining the alignment between the output of the various Zotero-to-TEI export tools,
  • creation or TEI-to-Zotero import tools.

Naturally, these are not the SIG's central goals, given its definition, but they demonstrate the degree of interrelatedness between our SIG and the SIG:Tools.

Source collections

Collections that may be useful as starting points for finding reference information are:

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