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Why write in a language that (almost) no one can read? Twitter and the development of written literature

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Title: Why write in a language that (almost) no one can read? Twitter and the development of written literature
Authors: Lillehaugen, Brook Danielle
Keywords: indigenous languages
threatened languages
literature development
language revitalization
Twitter
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Issue Date: Sep 2016
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Lillehaugen, Brook Danielle. 2016. Why write in a language that (almost) no one can read? Twitter and the development of written literature. Language Documentation & Conservation 10. 356-393.
Abstract: The development of written literature in languages which are not usually written by their speakers can be confounded by a circular problem. Potential writers are reluctant or unmotivated to write in a language that no one can read. But at the same time, why learn to read a language for which there is nothing available to read? The writers wait for the readership, while the readers wait for material. In this paper I argue that Twitter can be used effectively to support burgeoning writers of languages for which no current readership exists by partnering writers with volunteer readers who do not need to know the target language. I lay out a model for this type of work that is an effective way for outside linguists and their students to support indigenous language activists.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
Pages/Duration: 38
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24702
ISSN: 1934-5275
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Appears in Collections:Volume 10 : Language Documentation & Conservation



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