New Perspectives on Endangered Languages: Bridging Gaps Between Sociolinguistics, Documentation and Language Revitalization

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José Antonio Flores Farfán, Fernando F. Ramallo
John Benjamins Publishing, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 156 pages
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Understanding sociolinguistics as a theoretical and methodological framework hopefully could attempt to promote change and social development in human communities. Yet it still presents important political, epistemological, methodological and theoretical challenges. A sociolinguistics of development, in which the revitalization of linguistic communities is the priority, opens new perspectives for the emerging field of linguistic documentation, in which the societal aspects of research, stressed by sociolinguistics, have frequently been marginal. The need to focus on the documentation of linguistic communities to contribute to the revitalization of these communities requires an in-depth revision of a number of different perspectives. Especially regarding the links between commonly separated fields of enquiry such as sociolinguistics, documentation and revitalization. Instead of creating mere museum pieces of academic contemplation for the future, as has been the major trend up to now in language documentation and even sociolinguistics, there is a growing concern to join forces to revitalize the actual use of endangered languages in order to place languages as a main focus of a community s development which constitutes a major challenge for both scholars, civil society and speakers alike."
 

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Contents

Exploring links between documentation sociolinguistics and language revitalization
1
The social life of a language
13
The private and the public in documentation and revitalization
29
Bridging linguistic research and linguistic documentation
49
Language vitality and revitalization in the Artic
65
The demise and attempted revival of Uchumataqu Uru
93
Linguistic vitality in the Awetí indigenous community
119
Linking three agendas
147
Author index
151
Language index
153
Subject index
155
The series Culture and Language Use
157
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