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Title:Between duty statement and reality – The “Linguist/Coordinator” at an Australian Indigenous language centre
Bibliographic Citation:Olawsky, Knut J.; 2014-10; Kaipuleohone University of Hawai'i Digital Language Archive;http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4614.
Creator:Olawsky, Knut J.
Date (W3CDTF):2014-10
Description:The size of Australian Indigenous language centres varies from small programs with a single employment position up to large organisations which may involve several linguists, a manager and a range of support staff. This article is based on the linguist’s work at an organisation at the smaller end of the scale – Mirima Dawang Woorlabgerring Language and Culture Centre (MDWg), which operates out of Kununurra in the remote East Kimberley Region of Western Australia. Following a brief introduction to the context and history of language work at MDWg, the author sheds light on typical community expectations, which cover an array of different language-related and nonlinguistic tasks. In a scenario where the linguist and coordinator roles are assigned to a single person it becomes clear that the range of duties can be overwhelmingly diverse and go beyond anything a linguist is exposed to during his/her academic studies. The article proceeds by identifying a range of challenges for a linguist/coordinator, addressing issues such as efficiency, balance, burnout and career planning. For each challenge, possible solutions are offered, with the vision of turning challenge into opportunity. The article concludes with a set of recommendations directed at various stakeholders in the work of Indigenous language centres. *This paper is in the series The Role of Linguists in Indigenous Community Language Programs in Australia, edited by John Henderson.
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Identifier:Olawsky, Knut J. 2014. Between duty statement and reality – The “Linguist/Coordinator” at an Australian Indigenous language centre. Language Documentation & Conservation 8. 361-383.
1934-5275
Identifier (URI):http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4614
Language:English
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Rights:http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/
Subject:Australian languages
Australian Indigenous language centre
Indigenous community language program
Table Of Contents:olawsky.pdf
Type:Article
Type (DCMI):Text

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