New Perspectives on Endangered Languages

Bridging gaps between sociolinguistics, documentation and language revitalization

| CIESAS-México & University of Amsterdam
| University of Vigo
ISBN 9789027202819 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027287731 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
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.
[Culture and Language Use, 1]  2010.  v, 156 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Exploring links between documentation, sociolinguistics and language revitalization: An introduction
José Antonio Flores Farfán and Fernando F. Ramallo
Table of contents
The social life of a language: Will Manambu survive?
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
The private and the public in documentation and revitalization
Nancy C. Dorian
Bridging linguistic research and linguistic documentation: The Kuikuro experience (Brazil)
Bruna Franchetto
Language vitality and revitalization in the Arctic
Lenore A. Grenoble
The demise and attempted revival of Uchumataqu (Uru): Values and actors
Pieter Muysken
Linguistic vitality in the Awetí indigenous community: A case study from the Upper Xingu multilingual area
Sabine Reiter
Linking three agendas: Opening a debate and directions for the future
Fernando F. Ramallo and José Antonio Flores Farfán
Subject index
Author index
“New Perspectives on Endangered Languages fulfills the promise of its title, and makes a genuinely new contribution to this field of study and practice. The papers focus especially on the impact of researchers and research projects on communities that use endangered languages, at the same time that they emphasize the agency of community members in moving forward projects of documentation and revitalization. The authors include several of the most prominent international figures in work on endangered languages, who discuss both errors and successes with stunning honesty. The case studies all present fascinating and detailed new materials. The theoretical sociolinguistic perspectives taken in these papers is sure to be influential.”
“By bringing the impact of language documentation on speech communities into the discipline of sociolinguistics, this book opens up the vista of reconnecting field linguists' documentary and descriptive activities with the aspirations of fragile speech communities to strengthen their languages in a new and theoretically interesting way.”
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BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2010028102 | Marc record