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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

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

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

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

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 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

Ethics in Language Documentation and Revitalization  

Jeff Good

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
The increasing emphasis that linguistics has placed on the documentation and revitalization of the world’s endangered languages has brought more scholars of language into contact with ... More

Funding the Documentation and Revitalization of Endangered Languages  

Susan Penfield

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
The funding of documentation and revitalization projects within the field of endangered languages can be challenging. There are few, but significant, sources that are directed toward this ... More

The Goals of Language Documentation  

Richard Rhodes and Lyle Campbell

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
How is language documentation defined and what constitutes language documentation? What counts as having an adequate language documentation, and how is that assessed? In this chapter we ... More

Indigenous Language Rights—Miner’s Canary or Mariner’s Tern?  

Teresa L. McCarty

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
Drawing on the international literature in language planning and policy, this chapter examines Indigenous language rights. Like the diagnostic “miner’s canary,” the rights accorded or ... More

Indigenous Language Use Impacts Wellness  

Alice Taff, Melvatha Chee, Jaeci Hall, Millie Yéi Dulitseen Hall, Kawenniyóhstha Nicole Martin, and Annie Johnston

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
Supported by qualitative eyewitness accounts and reported quantitative experimental evidence, this chapter makes a case that using Indigenous languages has beneficial effects on the health ... More

Interdisciplinary Language Documentation  

Gary Holton

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
Documenting the linguistic practices of an endangered-language community necessarily crosses the boundaries of fields other than linguistics, as these practices encode a rich knowledge of ... More

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