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Toward a methodology for dormant language reclamation: Deconstructing the process of using archival data for research and revitalization

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Title: Toward a methodology for dormant language reclamation: Deconstructing the process of using archival data for research and revitalization
Authors: Lukaniec, Megan
Issue Date: 02 Mar 2017
Description: With the number of dormant languages steadily increasing, archival materials are becoming indispensable tools for linguistic research and revitalization. Absent the invaluable opportunity to consult a native speaker, reclamation in dormant language communities must follow a different trajectory: transform documentation into accessible and culturally relevant language teaching. Often-cited, ‘successful’ language revitalization models, however, typically require the participation of a native speaker (e.g. the Master-Apprentice model, immersion programs, language nests, etc.). Therefore, there is a growing need to develop methods for mobilizing archival materials for revitalization. Based upon the ongoing project of Wendat (Iroquoian) language reclamation (2007-present), this paper proposes an adaptable workflow for repurposing archival documentation for language research and reclamation. Starting with obtaining digitized copies of materials, the proposed workflow describes various steps that can be necessary in such a reclamation project, including: building support, establishing goals, assessing the strengths and limitations of the archival content, transcribing materials, building a database, reconstructing forms, and creating pedagogical materials. Although some of these steps may be similar to those found in wider documentation and revitalization projects, dormant language communities face unique challenges in revitalization. As such, greater discussion is merited as to the development of appropriate and adaptable methods for re-awakening these languages.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/42037
Appears in Collections:5th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC)



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