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Mapping Urban Linguistic Diversity in New York City: Motives, Methods, Tools, and Outcomes

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Item Summary Perlin, Ross Kaufman, Daniel Turin, Mark Daurio, Maya Craig, Sienna Lampel, Jason 2021-10-06T02:35:23Z 2021-10-06T02:35:23Z 2021-10
dc.identifier.citation Perlin, Ross, Daniel Kaufman, Mark Turin, Maya Daurio, Sienna Craig, Jason Lampel. 2021. Mapping Urban Linguistic Diversity in New York City: Motives, Methods, Tools, and Outcomes. Language Documentation & Conservation 15: 458-490.
dc.description.abstract Communities around the world have distinctive ways of representing language use across space and territory. The approach to and method of mapping languages that began with nineteenth-century European dialectology and colonial boundary making is one such way. Though practiced by relatively few linguists today, language mapping has developed considerably from its roots yet remains stymied by problems of ideology, representation, and data quality. In this paper, we argue that digital language mapping in hyperdiverse cities can both contribute to overcoming these problems and bring visibility and resources to communities using Indigenous, minority, and primarily oral languages. For these communities, official surveys like the census are often inadequate, leaving a gap that communities, linguists, and mapping experts working in partnership can address. Urban language mapping as a field should make space for Indigenous, minority, and primarily oral languages through geospatial visualization – in terms that the communities themselves recognize and with a public policy agenda. As a case study, we present our ongoing efforts with LANGUAGEMAP.NYC to map the most linguistically diverse urban center in the world: New York City.
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.format.extent 33 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
dc.subject Digital mapping
dc.subject Language and languages--Variation
dc.subject New York (State)--New York
dc.title Mapping Urban Linguistic Diversity in New York City: Motives, Methods, Tools, and Outcomes
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doi ISSN 1934-5275
prism.publicationname Language Documentation & Conservation
prism.volume 15
prism.startingpage 458
prism.endingpage 490
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