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Phoenix or Relic? Documentation of Languages with Revitalization in Mind

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dc.contributor.authorAmery, Roben_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-12-13T00:45:34Z-
dc.date.available2009-12-13T00:45:34Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.citationAmery, Rob. 2009. Phoenix or Relic? Documentation of Languages with Revitalization in Mind. Language Documentation & Conservation 3(2):138-148.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1934-5275en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10125/4436-
dc.description.abstractThe description of Indigenous languages has typically focussed on structural properties of languages (phonology, morphology, and syntax). Comparatively little attention has been given to the documentation of language functions or the most commonly occurring speech formulas. Speech formulas are often culturally-specific and idiomatic and cannot be reliably reconstituted from a knowledge of grammar and lexicon alone. Many linguists and lexicographers seem to have an implicit relic view of language, as if they have been trying to capture the “pure” language uncontaminated by language and culture contact. Accordingly, borrowed terms and neologisms are typically omitted or underrepresented in dictionaries. Recorded texts have tended to be myths or texts about traditional culture. Conversations and texts about everyday life, especially in non-traditional contexts, are ignored. How can we ensure that language descriptions are maximally useful, not only to linguists, but to the people most closely associated with the languages, who may wish to revive them? Considerable time is needed to produce a maximally useful description of a language and its uses. Suggestions made here emerge from first-hand experience working with Yolngu and Pintupi people in non-traditional domains, as well as from attempts to re-introduce Kaurna on the basis of nineteenth-century documentation.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Foreign Language Resource Centeren_US
dc.format.extent11 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Hawai'i Pressen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives Licenseen_US
dc.subjectlanguage revitalizationen_US
dc.subjectspeech formulaen_US
dc.subjectAustraliaen_US
dc.subjectYolnguen_US
dc.subjectPintupien_US
dc.subjectKaurnaen_US
dc.titlePhoenix or Relic? Documentation of Languages with Revitalization in Minden_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.dcmiTexten_US
prism.publicationnameLanguage Documentation & Conservationen_US
prism.volume3en_US
prism.number2en_US
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