This presentation introduces a project documenting a dying language in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where a civil war has destroyed whatever infrastructure once existed in a place where no roads ever reached. Because only twenty very old speakers of the language are still around, the three-year project is something of an urgent salvage operation, and must acquire the most robust and high-quality data possible since this will be the only chance to document the language before it disappears entirely. Digitization and miniaturization technologies have served such enterprises well. So have computers and advances in storage and data capture possibilities.

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