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Afterword  

David Crystal

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
This afterword looks back over the articles in the book, using a developmental metaphor to identify the stage that endangerment linguistics seems to have reached. Pure and applied aspects ... More

Anything Can Happen: The Verb Lexicon and Interdisciplinary Fieldwork  

Nicholas Evans

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
The centrality of language in human life means we cannot document any language without understanding all the spheres of knowledge it is used to talk about. Equally, undocumented languages ... More

Approaches to and Strategies for Language Revitalization  

Leanne Hinton

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
There are many paths language revitalization can take, but they are not mutually exclusive. A central aspect of language revitalization is the creation of new speakers. One path is for ... More

Assessing Degrees of Language Endangerment  

Nala H. Lee and John R. Van Way

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
The need for accurate measures of language endangerment is now more important than ever, given the global problem of language endangerment. In this chapter, different vitality measures are ... More

Audio and Video Recording Techniques for Linguistic Research  

Anna Margetts and Andrew Margetts

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article gives an account of practical issues with audio and video recordings in a fieldwork setting, based on real-life experiences. In addition to some standard recommendations, it ... More

Botanical Collecting  

Barry J. Conn

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article illustrates the requirement of plants and their association with people. Since plants are a very important part of the material and cultural heritage of all communities, those ... More

Climate Change and Its Consequences for Cultural and Language Endangerment  

Christopher P. Dunn

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
Climate change is arguably one of the most pressing issues facing humanity. The implications for natural ecological (terrestrial and marine) and agricultural systems are enormous. The ... More

Cognitive Linguistics and Anthropological Linguistics  

Gary B. Palmer

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Jun 2010
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Sep 2012
Emotion language has been the object of intensive study in recent years, both in cognitive linguistics and in anthropology. Cognitive and anthropological linguists are struggling to parse ... More

Comparative Analysis in Language Revitalization Practices: Addressing the Challenge  

Gabriela Pérez Báez, Rachel Vogel, and Eve Okura

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
Language revitalization aims at reversing language shift. This chapter seeks to expand knowledge about ongoing efforts to sustain the use of languages by means of a study that goes beyond ... More

Compiling Dictionaries of Endangered Languages  

Kenneth L. Rehg

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
Dictionaries play an essential role in documenting and conserving endangered languages. However, many such languages lack dictionaries, for a variety of reasons. A fundamental one is that ... More

Congruence Between Species and Language Diversity  

David Harmon and Jonathan Loh

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
Numerous studies have confirmed that there is a striking congruence between the global distributions of species diversity and language diversity. In both, richness and diversity generally ... More

Copyright and Other Legal Concerns  

Paul Newman

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
Copyright and other legal concerns are enumerated in this article. Fieldworkers normally think of copyright as something that they will have to deal with later when they have returned home ... More

Corpus Compilation and Exploitation in Language Documentation Projects  

Ulrike Mosel

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
This chapter analyzes the specific characteristics of corpora of endangered languages from a corpus linguistic perspective. Therefore it starts with a definition of the central notions of ... More

Cultural Astronomy for Linguists  

Jarita Holbrook

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
Humans have a long history of watching the sky and incorporating the sky into their culture in the form of art and stories. This article tries to explore the importance of cultural ... More

Cultural Poetics (Ethnopoetics)  

Anthony K. Webster

This article argues for the continuing importance of ethnopoetics/cultural poetics in the work of linguists and anthropologists. A heuristic definition of ethnopoetics (or cultural ... More

Design and Implementation of Collaborative Language Documentation Projects  

Racquel-María Sapién

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
Academic work with endangered languages has been criticized for failing to consider speech community members' needs. Recent calls to better integrate speech community needs have led many ... More

The Design and Implementation of Documentation Projects for Spoken Languages  

Shobhana Chelliah

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
The goal of this chapter is to provide a blueprint for planning a language documentation project. The scope is limited to the documentation of languages with average vitality but the ... More

Designing Mobile Applications for Endangered Languages  

Steven Bird

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
Speakers of the world’s endangered languages are rapidly gaining access to broadband internet on mobile devices. Meanwhile, social mobile technologies continue to transform the way people ... More

Documentation, Linguistic Typology, and Formal Grammar  

Keren Rice

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
This chapter addresses the relationship between language documentation and linguistic theory, focusing on linguistic typology and formal grammar, with particular attention to the ... More

Endangered Sign Languages: An Introduction  

James Woodward

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
This chapter provides an introduction to endangered sign languages specifically designed for linguists who know little about sign languages but who may have an interest in the ... More

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