Language Documentation

Practice and values

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ISBN 9789027211750 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Language documentation, also often called documentary linguistics, is a relatively new subfield in linguistics which has emerged in part as a response to the pressing need for collecting, describing, and archiving material on the increasing number of endangered languages. The present book details the most recent developments in this rapidly developing field with papers written by linguists primarily based in academic institutions in North America, although many conduct their fieldwork elsewhere. The articles in this volume — position papers and case studies — focus on some of the most critical issues in the field. These include (1) the nature of contributions to linguistic theory and method provided by documentary linguistics, including the content appropriate for documentation; (2) the impact and demands of technology in documentation; (3) matters of practice in collaborations among linguists and communities, and in the necessary training of students and community members to conduct documentation activities; and (4) the ethical issues involved in documentary linguistics.
[Not in series, 158]  2010.  xviii, 340 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
N. Louanna Furbee and Lenore A. Grenoble
Part 1. Praxis and values
Language documentation: Theory and practice
N. Louanna Furbee
The linguist’s responsibilities to the community of speakers: Community-based research
Keren Rice
Language documentation: Whose ethics?
Martha J. Macri
Part 2. Adequacy in documentation
Adequacy in documentation
Anna Berge
Necessary and sufficient data collection: Lessons from Potawatomi legacy documentation
Laura Buszard-Welcher
Documenting different genres of oral narrative in Cora (Uto-Aztecan)
Verónica Vázquez Soto
Constructing adequate language documentation for multifaceted cross-linguistic data: A case study from the Virtual Center for Study of Language Acquisition
Barbara Lust, Suzanne Flynn, María Blume, Elaine Westbrooks and Theresa Tobin
Part 3. Documentation technology
Valuing technology: Finding the linguist’s place in a new technological universe
Jeff Good
Using the E-MELD School of Best Practices to create lasting digital documentation
Jessica Boynton, Steven Moran, Helen Aristar-Dry and Anthony Rodrigues Aristar
Sharing data in small and endangered languages: Cataloging and metadata, formats, and encodings
Nicholas Thieberger and Michel Jacobson
Representing minority languages and cultures on the World Wide Web
David Golumbia
Part 4. Models of successful collaborations
Beyond expertise: The role of the linguist in language revitalization programs
Donna B. Gerdts
Models of successful collaboration
Arienne Dwyer
Working with language communities in unarchiving: Making the J. P. Harrington notes accessible
Martha J. Macri
Saving languages, saving lives: Tojolabal (Mayan) language revival within a health research NGO
Hermelindo Aguilar Méndez, Teresa López Méndez, Juan Méndez Vázquez, Maria Bertha Sántiz Pérez, Ramon Jiménez Jiménez, N. Louanna Furbee, Louanna del Socorro Guillén Rovelo and Robert A. Benfer
Language documentation in the Tohono O’odham community
Colleen M. Fitzgerald
Documentation of pragmatics and metapragmatics: Language shift and pragmatic change in the Hmong language in Wisconsin
Susan M. Burt
Part 5. Training and careers in field linguistics
Training graduate students and community members for native language documentation
Judith M. Maxwell
Native speakers as documenters: A student initiative at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Frances Ajo, Valérie Guérin, Ryoko Hattori and Laura C. Robinson
part 6. Conclusion
Language documentation and field linguistics: The state of the field
Lenore A. Grenoble
Selected online resources
Name index
General index
“Tant de bo aquest llibre, fet amb erudició i gran professionalitat, rebi l'atenció que es mereix fora de les fronteres dels Països Catalans i que la seva difusió arribi als filòlegs, romanistes, historiadors i altres estudiosos d'arreu del món interessats pels processos de codificació en general i per la llengua catalana en particular.”
“The traditional language documentation apparatus of grammar, dictionary and text collection is no longer adequate for modern documentary linguistics. Today we want to preserve performance data as well, which entails additional community participation and heavy use of modern technology. Consequently, we encounter a multitude of new questions about intellectual property rights, adequate documentation, maximizing and standardizing the potential of technology, cooperation with revitalization efforts, and more. This book collects experts' and beginners' position papers and case studies covering the wide range of issues to be considered in the practice of today's documentary linguistics. It is an important textbook and reference guide for both seasoned and new practitioners from inside and outside of academia.”
“The contributors to this volume all share a sense of commitment and enthusiasm for the hard work of language documentation. Although they present may perspectives, their works all exhibit a preoccupation with the ethical practice of language documentation. As those persons labor to save languages that are endangered, or at least save a persistent and useable record of them, they are more concerned with the impact of the manner of their work than many of their predecessors have been.”
“This rich collection addresses the many sides of language documentation and the issues they raise: the practical, methodological, intellectual, technological, cultural, interpersonal, and ethical. The contributions are varied but impressively coherent. As a group, the contributors bring a wealth of experience working with different languages and communities to the discussion, and expertise in all aspects of the documentation process. At the same time, certain threads run through the set, not the least of which is the value of collaboration between community members and linguists. Useful reading for anyone contemplating, embarking on or engaged in a language documentation project.”
“This is an indispensable volume, that should become a classroom staple. A terrific collection of rich, readable, thought-provoking, and very practical chapters.”
“Here is abundance, coming at just the right time. The drive to document languages is a new pressing imperative for linguists, but a dense thicket of issues – intellectual, practical, social, ethical – threaten to frustrate their attempts to fulfill it. This book points out the hazards, and charts a path through them, combining focused position papers with the revealing experiences of dozens of practitioners.”
“This is an exciting, wide-ranging exploration of the still-developing field of language documentation. It highlights the roles of technological advances and of ethical considerations in moving fieldwork from a solo enterprise to a multipurpose enterprise undertaken by and for diverse stakeholders, including both researchers and speaker communities. The collection is anchored by solid position papers, interspersed with illuminating case studies. Readers will come away from the volume fired by the possibilities of this field while also sobered by its intellectual and ethical challenges.”
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