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Chapter 6. Documenting and Revitalizing Kavalan

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Title: Chapter 6. Documenting and Revitalizing Kavalan
Authors: Hsieh, Fuhui
Huang, Shuanfan
Keywords: Kavalan
sociolinguistic survey
NTU Corpus of Formosan Languages
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Hsieh, Fuhui and Shuanfan Huang. 2007. Chapter 6. Documenting and Revitalizing Kavalan. In D. Victoria Rau and Margaret Florey (eds). 2007. Documenting and Revitalizing Austronesian Languages. 93-110. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
Series/Report no.: LD&C Special Publication
Abstract: The purpose of this chapter is to provide a two-dimensional approach to language documentation (Hi mmelman 1998). In addition to building a database, we also conducted a sociolinguistic survey des igned to document the state of health of a language in a particular spatio-temporal frame. Our goa l is to share our fieldwork experience of documenting Kavalan, a seriously endangered language in sou theastern Taiwan now spoken by fewer than just a few dozen speakers. We first discuss our field exp eriences in working with speakers of Kavalan in Sinshe village, the only significant Kavalan set tlement left in Taiwan, and the state of the Kavalan language, based in part on Huang and Cha ng’s (19 95) earlier sociolinguistic survey, and in part on a recent more in-depth village-wide survey of lan guage use in the community. Next, we introduce the NTU Corpus of Formosan Languages, part of which incorporates our corpus data in Kavalan. The NTU Corpus of Formosan Languages aims to establish a standard for the creation of linguistic corpus databases through the application of information technology to linguistic research. The creation of this linguistic database enables us both to preserve valuable linguistic data and to provide a systematic recording of these languages, for the benefit of future linguistic research.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center and University of Hawai‘i Press
ISBN: 978-0-8248-3309-1
Appears in Collections:LD&C Special Publication No. 1: Documenting and Revitalizing Austronesian Languages

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