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Training in the Community-Collaborative Context: A Case Study

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Title:Training in the Community-Collaborative Context: A Case Study
Authors:Yamada, Racquel-María
language documentation
Date Issued:Sep 2014
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Yamada, Racquel-María. 2014. Training in the Community-Collaborative Context: A Case Study. Language Documentation & Conservation 8: 326-344.
Abstract:Emerging community-based methodologies call for collaboration with speech community members. Although motivated, community members may lack the tools or training to contribute actively. In response, many linguists deliver training workshops in documentation or preservation, while others train community members to record data. Although workshops address immediate needs, they are limited to what the individual linguist can teach. Speech community linguists may articulate goals beyond what one researcher can undertake. This creates a need for more advanced training than can be provided in the field.
This paper uses a case study example to illustrate how the need for advanced training can be met through university-based workshops. It describes the process, challenges, and outcomes of bringing a nine-member team of Kari’nja (Cariban) speakers from Konomerume, Suriname to Eugene, Oregon for the 2010 Northwest Indian Language Institute’s (NILI) annual Summer Institute and the Institute on Field Linguistics and Language Documentation (InField). Lessons learned are situated in the context of community-collaborative methodologies, and a central role for training is articulated. This paper demonstrates that collaboration need not be limited to academic and speech communities, but rather can extend to a greater population of individuals who share an interest in promoting linguistic diversity.
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported
Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections: Volume 08 : Language Documentation & Conservation

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