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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

By: Ernst Jahr

Provides richly detailed insight into the uniqueness of the Norwegian language development. Marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian nation following centuries of Danish rule

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Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

By Neil Smith

The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.

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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

By Henk Zeevat

The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin

Query Details

Query Subject:   Working with last speakers
Author:   Daniel Hansen
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Language Documentation
Anthropological Linguistics

Query:   I am a senior undergrad at Yale researching endangered languages,
specifically their documentation and revitalization, and especially
languages in extremely dire situations (e.g. one fluent speaker or no
fluent speakers remaining). I have been following Rob Amery's work on
Kaurna in Adelaide (Australia) and my project advisor, Claire Bowern,
is also a specialist in Australian Aboriginal languages.

Would anyone be willing to share commentary or anecdotes about
working with last speakers? I'm interested in linguists' concerns about
grammatical change/attrition, or unreliable data, as well as problems
and questions that arise regarding ethics and intellectual property in
the course of endangered language research. I would hugely
appreciate any insights, however brief, into this subject.

Dan Hansen, Yale College 2012
LL Issue: 23.727
Date posted: 13-Feb-2012


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