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Recording to revitalize: Language teachers and documentation design

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Title:Recording to revitalize: Language teachers and documentation design
Authors:Taylor-Adams, Allison
Keywords:language documentation
Pacific Northwest
language revitalization
Date Issued:Aug 2019
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Taylor-Adams, Allison. 2019. Recording to revitalize: Language teachers and documentation design. Language Documentation & Conservation 13: 426-445.
Abstract:As language communities lose their last first-language speakers, many turn to language teachers to carry on the important work of language maintenance and revival. How can we design documentation projects that will be useful for these future language users? This paper outlines findings from interviews conducted with ten teachers of Native languages of the Pacific Northwest. These teachers identified specific, concrete areas where language documentation has helped them in their revitalization work, and areas where there are noticeable and often frustrating gaps. Their reflections and observations lead to several concrete suggestions for what linguists can add to their documentation efforts, and also underscore the potential richness of a project designed with teachers in mind. Collaboration with future language revitalizers could be greatly beneficial both to language communities and to linguists.
Pages/Duration:20 pages
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections: Volume 13 : Language Documentation & Conservation

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