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Language Documentation and Description Volume 3


Volume 3 is a collection of papers dealing with two topics in language documentation:

  • Multidisciplinary approaches to language documentation
  • Language contact, variation and language documentation

Most of the papers arose from workshops held at SOAS in December 2004 and February 2005. They represent important contributions to the theory and practice of the field of language documentation by leading scholars and younger researchers. The volume will be of interest to anyone concerned with documenting and describing languages.

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  • Introduction Peter K. Austin
  • Cross-disciplinarity in the documentation work of anthropologists and linguists Thomas Widlok
  • Ethnographically informed language documentation K. David Harrison
  • When our values conflict with theirs: linguists and community empowerment in Melanesia Lise Dobrin
  • A musicologist's wish list: some issues, practices and practicalities in musical aspects of language documentation Linda Barwick
  • Language documentation and ecology: areas of interaction Gail Coelho
  • Small is beautiful: contributions of field-based corpora to different linguistic disciplines, illustrated by Jalonke Friederike Lüpke
  • Psycholinguistic contributions to language documentation Sonja Eisenbeiss
  • The digital skills of language documentation Robert Munro
  • Personhood and linguistic identity, purism and variation William A. Foley
  • It takes two to tango: linguistic and cultural (co-)variation in digital documentation Anju Saxena
  • Why the Tiger language and not Rama Cay Creole? Language revitalization made harder Colette Grinevald
  • Ancestral languages and (imagined) creolization Anthony C. Woodbury
  • Language contact, language endangerment, and the role of the 'salvation linguist' Yaron Matras


Cost: £10.

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