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Ex-situ Documentation of Ethnobiology

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Title: Ex-situ Documentation of Ethnobiology
Authors: Lahe-Deklin, Francesca
Si, Aung
Keywords: ethnobiology
language documentation
Papua New Guinea
ex-situ documentation
Issue Date: Dec 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Lahe-Deklin, Francesca and Aung Si. 2014. Ex-situ Documentation of Ethnobiology. Language Documentation & Conservation 8, 788-809
Abstract: Migrant speakers of endangered languages living in urban centers in developed countries represent a valuable resource through which these languages may be conveniently documented. Here, we first present a general methodology by which linguists can compile a meaningful set of visual (and sometimes audio) stimuli with which to carry out a reasonably detailed ethnobiological elicitation session in an ‘ex-situ’ setting, such as an urban university. We then showcase some preliminary results of such an elicitation carried out on the Dumo, or Vanimo, language of north-western Papua New Guinea during a linguistic field methods course at the Australian National University. With the help of a region-specific set of visual stimuli obtained from various sources, it was possible to document many fascinating aspects of the fish, and other marine-biological, knowledge of Dumo speakers, along with detailed ethnographic notes on the cultural significance of marine creatures.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
Pages/Duration: 22
ISSN: 1934-5275
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections:Volume 08 : Language Documentation & Conservation

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