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Reflections on ethics: Re-humanizing linguistics, building relationships across difference

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Title:Reflections on ethics: Re-humanizing linguistics, building relationships across difference
Authors:Czaykowska-Higgins, Ewa
Keywords:research ethics
language documentation
research relationships
relational accountability
documentary linguistics
Date Issued:01 Dec 2018
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Czaykowska-Higgins, Ewa. 2018. Reflections on ethics: Re-humanizing linguistics, building relationships across difference. 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 110-121] Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.
Series:LD&C Special Publication
Abstract:Himmelmann (1998) uses the word 'ethics' only once, but his arguments for proposing a field of documentary linguistics reflect assumptions about ethical stances that have been addressed in linguistics publications since 1998. This paper begins by outlining some of these ethical assumptions, and then focuses on considerations closely connected to what Dobrin & Berson (2011: 207) refer to as "re-humanizing linguistics'' and "building relationships across difference". The paper suggests that ethical language documentation work must be grounded in considerations of the human nature of research relationships, the histories of interactions between peoples which inform those research relationships, and varying conceptions of knowledge. Since language documentation work inevitably has social consequences for human beings, aligning language documentation practice with Indigenous research paradigms which emphasize relational accountability (Wilson 2008: 99), allows for a practice based on respect, reciprocity and responsibility and ultimately leads to good documentation.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24813
ISBN:978-0-9973295-3-7
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Appears in Collections: LD&C Special Publication No. 15: Reflections on Language Documentation 20 Years After Himmelmann 1998


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