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Dying to be counted: the commodification of endangered languages in documentary linguistics 1
Over the past several years, sociolinguists and linguistic anthropologists have settled into a vibrant scholarly critique of the ‘discourse of language endangerment,’ an ideologically chargedExpand
From linguistic elicitation to eliciting the linguist: Lessons in community empowerment from Melanesia
As an outsider, I would feel very uncomfortable if I were to advocate to a speech community that it ought to try to keep its language alive. It is entirely up to the community or to individualsExpand
“Arapesh Warfare”: Reo Fortune's Veiled Critique of Margaret Mead's Sex and Temperament
ABSTRACT  In Sex and Temperament (1935), Margaret Mead depicted the Mountain Arapesh as a nurturing, peace-loving people. But Mead's second husband and fieldwork partner, Reo Fortune, disagreed withExpand
The morphosyntactic reality of phonological form
Apparent reference to a noun’s phonological form is common in noun class and gender systems.1 However, if morphosyntactic operations are mediated by abstract features, as has been argued mostExpand
SIL International and the disciplinary culture of linguistics: Introduction
This collection of papers is an attempt to begin a new conversation among academic linguists about the scope, institutional underpinnings, and implications for academia of the work being carried outExpand
Ethnopoetic Analysis as a Resource for Endangered-Language Linguistics: The Social Production of an Arapesh Text
The focus of this article is a short narrative text that was recorded during the author’s fieldwork on the endangered Papuan language Arapesh. An explication of the text following the principles ofExpand
Why cultural meanings matter in endangered language research
In this paper we illustrate why it is important for linguists engaged in endangered language documentation to develop an analytical understanding of the cultural meanings that language, languageExpand