Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24601

Beyond the Ancestral Code: Towards a Model for Sociolinguistic Language Documentation

File Size Format  
childs.pdf 753.34 kB Adobe PDF View/Open

Item Summary

Title:Beyond the Ancestral Code: Towards a Model for Sociolinguistic Language Documentation
Authors:Childs, Tucker
Good, Jeff
Alice, Mitchell
Keywords:language documentation
sociolinguistics
Sub-saharan Africa
sociolingustic documentation
Date Issued:Jun 2014
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Childs, Tucker, Jeff Good, and Alice Mitchell. 2014. Beyond the Ancestral Code: Towards a Model for Sociolinguistic Language Documentation. Language Documentation & Conservation. 8: 168-191
Abstract:Most language documentation efforts focus on capturing lexico-grammatical information on individual languages. Comparatively little effort has been devoted to considering a language’s sociolinguistic contexts. In parts of the world characterized by high degrees of multilingualism, questions surrounding the factors involved in language choice and the relationship between ‘communities’ and ‘languages’ are clearly of interest to documentary linguistics, and this paper considers these issues by reporting on the results of a workshop held on sociolinguistic documentation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over sixty participants from Africa and elsewhere discussed theoretical and methodological issues relating to the documentation of language in its social context. Relevant recommendations for projects wishing to broaden into the realm of sociolinguistic language documentation include: a greater emphasis on conversational data and the documentation of naturally occurring conversation; developing metadata conventions to allow for more nuanced descriptions of socio-cultural settings; encouraging teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration in order to extend the scope of sociolinguistic documentation; collecting sociolinguistic data which can inform language planning and policy; and creating opportunities for training in sociolinguistic documentation. Consideration of sociolinguistic language documentation also raises significant questions regarding the ways in which Western language ideologies, which have been especially prominent in shaping documentary agendas, may be unduly influencing documentary practice in other parts of the world.
Pages/Duration:24
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24601
ISSN:1934-5275
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported
Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Journal:Language Documentation & Conservation
Volume:8
Appears in Collections: Volume 08 : Language Documentation & Conservation


Please email libraryada-l@lists.hawaii.edu if you need this content in ADA-compliant format.

This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons