Why write in a language that (almost) no one can read? Twitter and the development of written literature

dc.contributor.author Lillehaugen, Brook Danielle
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T03:01:51Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T03:01:51Z
dc.date.issued 2016-09
dc.description.abstract The development of written literature in languages which are not usually written by their speakers can be confounded by a circular problem. Potential writers are reluctant or unmotivated to write in a language that no one can read. But at the same time, why learn to read a language for which there is nothing available to read? The writers wait for the readership, while the readers wait for material. In this paper I argue that Twitter can be used effectively to support burgeoning writers of languages for which no current readership exists by partnering writers with volunteer readers who do not need to know the target language. I lay out a model for this type of work that is an effective way for outside linguists and their students to support indigenous language activists. (For a Spanish translation of this article see http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24767).
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.format.extent 38
dc.identifier.citation Lillehaugen, Brook Danielle. 2016. Why write in a language that (almost) no one can read? Twitter and the development of written literature. Language Documentation & Conservation 10. 356-393.
dc.identifier.issn 1934-5275
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24702
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press
dc.relation.hasversion http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24767
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
dc.subject indigenous languages
dc.subject threatened languages
dc.subject literature development
dc.subject language revitalization
dc.subject Twitter
dc.subject Mesoamerican languages
dc.title Why write in a language that (almost) no one can read? Twitter and the development of written literature
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.endingpage 393
prism.startingpage 356
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