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Full Title: Latin American Contexts for Language Documentation and Revitalization

Location: Boston, MA, USA
Start Date: 03-Jan-2013 - 06-Jan-2013
Contact: Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada
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Meeting Description: Joint LSA-SSILA session entitled ‘Latin American Contexts for Language Documentation and Revitalization’ for the 2013 LSA Annual Meeting

To be held during the LSA 2013 Annual Meeting in Boston, MA from 3 to 6 January 2013, this panel’s main goal is to broaden the discussion initiated by the 2013 session entitled ‘From Language Documentation to Language Revitalization’, to address the particulars of language documentation and revitalization in Latin America.


While there has been a significant increase in the awareness of the needs, best practices, and goals of language documentation projects in the field of linguistics, the focus has been predominately on North American languages (especially within the US). The greatest genetic diversity in languages is found in Latin America, home to over 100 distinct language families and isolates. Language communities range from sizeable communities of languages with official status such as certain varieties of Guaraní, Quechua and Aymara, to communities of highly endangered languages with limited attention from communities, scholars and governments, as is the case of many Mesoamerican and Amazonian languages. The context in which language documentation might be conducted throughout Latin American and the challenges facing revitalization efforts are unique and cannot be extrapolated from the North American experience. This session therefore intends to give the Latin American context the focus and attention it requires by highlighting the key differences and needs for communities outside the US. It is understood that language documentation and revitalization in Latin America present complex issues and challenges which range across disciplines and sub-disciplines, and which have the potential to alter the methodologies, processes and expected outcomes in documenting and revitalizing languages in this part of the world.

This session will address the various factors affecting language documentation and revitalization and will feature six case studies selected through competitive abstract submission to highlight the various ways in which these factors interact, and to provide broad geographic coverage.
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation
LL Issue: 23.1816

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