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23 The Private and the Public in Language Documentation and Revitalization (2010)

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This chapter focuses initially on potential problems in the linguistic fieldwork setting and the language revitalization setting, arising from different positions with regard to relatively private versus relatively public language use, acquisition, and transmission. Efforts to lessen such problems and the prospects for lessening them further are discussed thereafter, with particular focus on the increasing professional involvement in these efforts. Full documentation is now also assumed to include visual as well as auditory recording, so that more of the discourse context will be recoverable and analyzable for future researchers (and revitalizers), as well as for those currently making the record. Prior to the late 1990s, multiple-researcher documentation projects were probably still few in number by comparison with more traditional fieldwork projects in which a lone researcher went "into the field" to make a record of a language, usually with more descriptive than documentary objectives.

Keywords: full documentation; language revitalization setting; linguistic fieldwork; multiple-researcher documentation projects



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