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Full Title: Community-based Language Work/Research

      
Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Start Date: 05-Dec-2012 - 07-Dec-2012
Contact: John Henderson
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: https://sites.google.com/site/als2012uwa/home/workshops/cblwr
Meeting Description: Linguists are involved in diverse ways with, and in, the communities of Indigenous and minority languages in Australia and elsewhere. This has given rise to discussion about the nature of this engagement by linguists, both non-Indigenous and Indigenous, and other participants in language communities. Two focuses of this discussion are, firstly, the language activities involved, and secondly, how the various roles of the participants are negotiated. Recent literature contains discussions of general principles and models (Bell 2010, Rice 2006, Czaykowska-Higgins 2009) and accounts of specific situations (for example, Olawsky 2011 and Bowern & James 2011).

The situations are diverse and individual, and encompass many different roles and activities. These include: university academics and post-graduate students conducting scholarly research on theoretical questions, and/or producing language descriptions or documentation, or acting as advisors to community projects; and community-employed linguists working in a team to develop language resources, or engaged in other aspects of community language work; and many other possible combinations of roles and activities.

This workshop is part of ALS2012, the 2012 conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, to be held at the University of Western Australia in Perth.

The workshop is part of one of the major strands of the conference: ‘In the Field - In the Community.’ Over events in this strand include two 3-hr Australian Linguistics Institute courses to be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2012:

Community-based Language Work
Presented by Professor Keren Rice, University of Toronto

Managing Language Data: From Planning and Recording through to Analysis/Presentation
Presented by Dr Nick Thieberger, University of Melbourne

See the website for further details.
Linguistic Subfield: Language Documentation
LL Issue: 23.3678

This is a session of the following meeting:
Australian Linguistic Society

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