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Writing an Endangered Language

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dc.contributor.authorGuérin, Valérieen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-27T22:47:41Z-
dc.date.available2008-06-27T22:47:41Z-
dc.date.issued2008-06en_US
dc.identifier.citationGuérin, Valérie. 2008. Writing an endangered language. Language Documentation & Conservation 2(1):47–67.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1934-5275en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10125/1804-
dc.description.abstractThis paper reports on Mavea, an Oceanic language spoken in Vanuatu. The state of endangerment of Mavea is first evaluated using UNESCO’s framework for assessing language vitality. The framework’s nine criteria are applied to Mavea, and the results demonstrate that the language is unquestionably endangered. If this language shift is to be reversed, one of the first steps in doing so is to document the language. Materials in and on the language have the potential to restore the language’s prestige, or to restore its usage through vernacular literacy. In the case of Mavea, many community members became eager to see printed versions of the materials I had collected during the documentation process, but the language had no writing system. Thus, this paper additionally describes the Mavea community’s efforts to establish orthographic conventions for their language and their desire to disseminate the resultant written materials throughout the community. This grassroots interest in vernacular literacy is argued to be a beneficial step towards reversing negative language attitudes.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Foreign Language Resource Centeren_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Hawai'i Pressen_US
dc.subjectMaveaen_US
dc.subjectOceanicen_US
dc.subjectVanuatuen_US
dc.subjectorthographyen_US
dc.titleWriting an Endangered Languageen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.dcmiTexten_US
prism.publicationnameLanguage Documentation & Conservationen_US
prism.volume2en_US
prism.number1en_US
Appears in Collections:Volume 02 Issue 1 : Language Documentation & Conservation


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