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Baldwin, Victoria (2021) 'Linguistic triage: Documentary linguistics and language revitalisation.' SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics, 20. pp. 181-189.

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Abstract

There has been considerable discussion of the question as to whether a linguist engaged in language documentation should also be involved in language maintenance and revitalisation projects. This begs the question of what qualifications are needed to meaningfully engage in revitalisation and maintenance, and whether a linguist should participate even if they lack them. The relationship of the linguist to the language community has altered significantly in recent years, and yet outdated perceptions of the linguist’s role persist. Simultaneously, a new paradigm has emerged wherein there is an expectation on field-working linguists to engage with and contribute to language communities in ways that some fear may interfere with the goal of rigorous linguistic scholarship. This paper will explore the changing expectations of linguistic fieldwork, who is really qualified for revitalisation and maintenance, and how the relationship and responsibilities of the linguist to the community in which they work may impact the way in which language documentation is carried out.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: language documentation, language revitalisation, language acquisition, applied linguistics, linguistic fieldwork
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
ISSN: 14730855
Copyright Statement: © 2021, the author.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00035583
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2021 12:16
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/35583

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