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Title: Chapter 4. SIL International and Endangered Austronesian Languages 
Author: Quakenbush, J. Stephen
Date: 2007
Citation: Quakenbush, J. Stephen. 2007. Chapter 4. SIL International and Endangered Austronesian Languages. In D. Victoria Rau and Margaret Florey (eds). 2007. Documenting and Revitalizing Austronesian Languages. 42-65. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
Abstract: SIL International has been partnering with Austronesian language communities in language development for over fifty years. This chapter briefly reviews that history, situates it in the current environment of international concern for the documentation and revitalization of endangered languages, and looks at ways in which SIL might assist endangered Austronesian language communities of today. Two aspects of language development are considered—one more “academic” in nature, focusing on products primarily of interest to linguists and other researchers; the other more “development” in nature, focusing on language resources and competencies of greater interest and relevance to language communities. The chapter summarizes some recent studies related to language endangerment/vitality, and considers how language development relates to language revitalization and documentary linguistics. SIL can continue to learn from and link with others in describing and documenting endangered Austronesian languages, in providing consulting and training at the request of language communities and others, and in designing and developing affordable language software to help accomplish related tasks.
Series/Report No.: LD&C Special Publication
Sponsorship: National Foreign Language Resource Center and University of Hawai‘i Press
ISBN: 978-0-8248-3309-1
Keywords: SIL International, Austronesian languages, language development, language endangerment, language vitality, language revitalization, documentary linguistics, consulting, training, language software

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