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Research Models, Community Engagement, and Linguistic Fieldwork: Reflections on Working within Canadian Indigenous Communities

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dc.contributor.author Czaykowska-Higgins, Ewa
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-30T01:46:11Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-30T01:46:11Z
dc.date.issued 2009-06
dc.identifier.citation Czaykowska-Higgins, Ewa. 2009. Research Models, Community Engagement, and Linguistic Fieldwork: Reflections on Working within Canadian Indigenous Communities. Language Documentation & Conservation 3(1):15-50
dc.identifier.issn 1934-5275
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4423
dc.description.abstract This paper reflects on different research models in linguistic fieldwork and on different levels of engagement in and with language-speaking communities, focusing on the Canadian context. I begin by examining a linguist-focused model of research: this is language research conducted by linguists, for linguists; the language-speaking community’s participation is limited mostly to being the source of fluent speakers, and the level of engagement in the community by a linguist is relatively small. I then consider models that involve more engaged and collaborative research, and define the Community-Based Language Research model which allows for the production of knowledge on a language that is constructed for, with, and by community members, and that is therefore not primarily for or by linguists. In CBLR, linguists are actively engaged partners working collaboratively with language communities. Collaborative models of research seem to be closest in spirit to models advocated by Indigenous groups in Canada and elsewhere. I reflect here on (1) why one might choose to work within a collaborative research model, and (2) what some of the challenges are that linguists face when they conduct research collaboratively. In a broad sense the purpose of this paper is to think through some questions that an “outsider” linguist might face when undertaking linguistic research in an Indigenous community today.
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.format.extent 37 pages
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
dc.subject collaboration
dc.subject fieldwork
dc.subject community-based
dc.subject research model
dc.title Research Models, Community Engagement, and Linguistic Fieldwork: Reflections on Working within Canadian Indigenous Communities
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.publicationname Language Documentation & Conservation
prism.volume 3
prism.number 1
prism.startingpage 182
prism.endingpage 215
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