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Title:Losing a Vital Voice: Grief and Language Work
Bibliographic Citation:Sapién, Racquel-María, Thornes, Tim; 2017-08; Kaipuleohone University of Hawai'i Digital Language Archive;http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24735.
Creator:Sapién, Racquel-María
Thornes, Tim
Date (W3CDTF):2017-08
Description:Working with speakers of endangered languages often involves developing a deep rapport with the eldest members of a community. These relationships present unique challenges that include navigating great losses – not only of the language of study, but, more profoundly, the attendant death of its speakers. This essay is motivated by the recognition that the death of close consultants is inherent in work with endangered languages. It draws on case study examples to examine the emotional components of language work, specifically grief and loss, from both personal and professional perspectives. Our focus is on two key issues. The first is as a methodological issue that arises for those operating under a collaborative model of language work where investment by the community and participatory research by the fieldworker is the norm. The second is as a training issue involving our responsibilities to those we mentor in understanding the reality of close work with speakers, particularly of endangered languages. This reality includes careful consideration of their families and communities. Our hope is that this essay may serve as a foundation upon which a more thorough consideration of methodological issues and preparation through honest and open approaches to training can be constructed.
Format:19 pages
Identifier:Sapién, Racquel-María & Tim Thornes. 2017. Losing a vital voice: Grief and language work. Language Documentation & Conservation 11: 256–274.
1934-5275
Identifier (URI):http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24735
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Subject:Grief
Death
fieldwork
endangered languages
Table Of Contents:sapien_thornes.pdf
Type:Article
Type (DCMI):Text

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