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Title:Biology in Language Documentation
Bibliographic Citation:Si, Aung; 2011-12; Kaipuleohone University of Hawai'i Digital Language Archive;http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4497.
Creator:Si, Aung
Date (W3CDTF):2011-12
Description:The fields of ethnobiology and language documentation have much to offer each other, but for the moment, there are few signs of engagement between practitioners of the two disciplines. In this paper, I argue that projects that seek to document endangered languages can benefit by focusing on the semantic domain of traditional biological and ecological knowledge (TEK), and by engaging in collaborative projects with ethnobiologists. In doing so, researchers not only produce a rich corpus that is culturally relevant and valuable to the language community, but also record information about the natural world that may be of interest to researchers in other fields. The TEK encoded in a language is best and most easily observed in the specialized vocabulary that speakers may employ when talking about various natural phenomena. However, a community’s knowledge of their biological environment extends far beyond the lexicon and into the domain of complex ecological relationships among different organisms. Using examples from my fieldwork in southern India, I argue that it is possible to capture such knowledge in a language documentation program. Other criteria for a good documentation, such as the inclusion of a wide range of speech genres, can also be met while eliciting TEK from language consultants.
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Format:18 pages
Identifier:Aung Si. 2011. "Biology in Language Documentation." Language Documentation & Conservation. 5: 169-186.
Identifier (URI):http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4497
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Rights:Creative Commons, Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
language documentation
indigenous knowledge
Table Of Contents:aungsi.pdf
Type (DCMI):Text


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