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Toward a linguistically realistic assessment of language vitality: The case of Jejueo

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Title:Toward a linguistically realistic assessment of language vitality: The case of Jejueo
Authors:Yang, Changyong
O'Grady, William
Yang, Sejung
Keywords:Jejueo language
Korea (South)
Korea (South)--Cheju Island
language vitality
language endangerment
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Date Issued:Mar 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Changyong, Yang, William O'Grady & Sejung Yang. 2017. Toward a linguistically realistic assessment of language vitality: The case of Jejueo. Language Documentation & Conservation 11. 103-113.
Abstract:The assessment of language endangerment requires accurate estimates of speaker populations, including information about the proficiency of different groups within those populations. Typically, this information is based on self-assessments, a methodology whose reliability is open to question. We outline an approach that seeks to improve the accuracy of self-assessment by exposing participants to a simple linguistic task before they render their judgments. The viability of the approach is evaluated with the help of a case study involving 81 partial speakers of Jejueo, a critically endangered Koreanic language.
Pages/Duration:11 pages
URI/DOI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24727
ISSN:1934-5275
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Appears in Collections: Volume 11 : Language Documentation & Conservation


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