Reflections on linguistic analysis in documentary linguistics

McDonnell, Bradley
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University of Hawai'i Press
This article reflects on the role of analysis in language documentation since Himmelmann (1998). It presents some of the criticism that Himmelmann's notion of analysis faced and how he responded (Himmelmann 2012). However, analysis in this context rarely refers to analysis alone, but the term includes the larger research goals and research questions. This study, then, situates the research goals, research questions and analyses that I have employed in my research on Besemah on a cline from facilitative to restrictive in terms of the diversity and spontaneity of the (archival) record that is produced, building upon Himmelmann's (2012) conceptual basis for distinguishing documentation and description. It does so through two case studies in Besemah, one with a highly facilitative research goal, question, and analysis and another with a highly restrictive research goal, question, and analysis.
analysis, Indonesia, Malayic, language documentation, conversation
McDonnell, Bradley. 2018. Reflections on linguistic analysis in documentary linguistics. 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 191-200] Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.
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