Language Documentation and Language Revitalization

Some Methodological Considerations

Authored by: Peter K. Austin , Julia Sallabank

The Routledge Handbook of Language Revitalization

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138674493
eBook ISBN: 9781315561271
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315561271-26

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Abstract

In this paper we explore the relationship between language documentation and revitalization, highlighting some methodological issues that emerge. We argue that work on both documentation and revitalization has much to gain from working together more closely, in order to produce documentary corpora that are more relevant to communities and useful for language revitalization. We argue that documentation should pay more attention to local histories, ethnographies, goals and management of language use, as well as the crucially important but poorly researched beliefs and ideologies about language and language use held by both speech communities and researchers.

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