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Reflections on the scope of language documentation

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Item Summary Good, Jeff 2019-02-26T00:03:45Z 2019-02-26T00:03:45Z 2018-12-01
dc.identifier.citation Good, Jeff. 2018. Reflections on the scope of language documentation. In McDonnell, Bradley, Andrea L. Berez-Kroeker, and Gary Holton. (Eds.) Reflections on Language Documentation 20 Years after Himmelmann 1998. Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication no. 15. [PP 13-21] Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9973295-3-7
dc.description.abstract Language documentation is understood as the creation, annotation, preservation, and dissemination of transparent records of a language. This leads to questions as to what precisely is meant by terms such as annotation, preservation, and dissemination, as well as what patterns of linguistic behavior fall within the scope of the term language. Current approaches to language documentation tend to focus on a relatively narrow understanding of a language as a lexicogrammatical code. While this dimension of a language may be the most salient one for linguists, languages are also embedded in larger social structures, and the interaction between these structures and the deployment of lexicogrammatical codes within a community is an important dimension of a language which also merits documentation. Work on language documentation highlights the significance of developing theoretical models that underpin the notion of language, and this can have an impact not only for the practices of documentary linguists but also for the larger field of linguistics. It further suggests that documentary linguistics should not merely be seen as a subfield that is oriented around the collection of data but as one that is in a position to make substantive contributions to linguistic theory.
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press
dc.relation.ispartofseries LD&C Special Publication
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
dc.subject language documentation
dc.subject documentary linguistics
dc.subject annotation
dc.subject preservation
dc.subject dissemination
dc.subject linguistic theory
dc.title Reflections on the scope of language documentation
prism.startingpage 75
prism.endingpage 95
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