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Title:Writing an Endangered Language
Bibliographic Citation:Guérin, Valérie; 2008-06; Kaipuleohone University of Hawai'i Digital Language Archive;http://hdl.handle.net/10125/1804.
Creator:Guérin, Valérie
Date (W3CDTF):2008-06
Description:This paper reports on Mavea, an Oceanic language spoken in Vanuatu. The state of endangerment of Mavea is first evaluated using UNESCO’s framework for assessing language vitality. The framework’s nine criteria are applied to Mavea, and the results demonstrate that the language is unquestionably endangered. If this language shift is to be reversed, one of the first steps in doing so is to document the language. Materials in and on the language have the potential to restore the language’s prestige, or to restore its usage through vernacular literacy. In the case of Mavea, many community members became eager to see printed versions of the materials I had collected during the documentation process, but the language had no writing system. Thus, this paper additionally describes the Mavea community’s efforts to establish orthographic conventions for their language and their desire to disseminate the resultant written materials throughout the community. This grassroots interest in vernacular literacy is argued to be a beneficial step towards reversing negative language attitudes.
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Identifier:Guérin, Valérie. 2008. Writing an endangered language. Language Documentation & Conservation 2(1):47–67.
1934-5275
Identifier (URI):http://hdl.handle.net/10125/1804
Language:English
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Subject:Mavea
Oceanic
Vanuatu
orthography
Table Of Contents:guerin.pdf
guerinsmall.pdf
Type:Article
Type (DCMI):Text

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