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Endangered LanguagesBeliefs and Ideologies in Language Documentation and Revitalization$
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Peter K. Austin and Julia Sallabank

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265765

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265765.001.0001

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Meeting Point: Parameters for the Study of Revival Languages*

Meeting Point: Parameters for the Study of Revival Languages*

(p.313) 15 Meeting Point: Parameters for the Study of Revival Languages*
Endangered Languages

Vicki Couzens

Christina Eira

British Academy

As language revival and revitalization rapidly become primary modes of community-based work in Aboriginal Australia, the need for a theoretical foundation for the linguistic scenarios that emerge is becoming increasingly evident. Language revival presents a new situation for analysis, as languages are simultaneously researched, learned, and developed in a single overarching and ongoing process. This brings to the fore the need to account for and implement vernacular approaches to language as well as disciplinary ones, as the languages are simply not available for objective academic study outside of community-internal motivations, processes, and analyses. To this end, the authors aim to develop a research methodology and epistemology that can benefit from ways of knowing and learning privileged in Aboriginal communities, as well as those of academic linguistics. The meeting points of these can be explored through collaborative community-based ventures, and in direct response to current developments in language revival itself.

Keywords:   language revival, Australian Aboriginal languages, collaborative research, linguistic theory

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