The Right to Say Yes: Language Documentation in West Papua

  title={The Right to Say Yes: Language Documentation in West Papua},
  author={Emily Gasser},
  journal={Australian Journal of Linguistics},
  pages={502 - 526}
  • Emily Gasser
  • Published 10 August 2017
  • Linguistics
  • Australian Journal of Linguistics
There has been much discussion in the recent literature on language documentation about the ethical considerations faced by linguists conducting fieldwork on endangered languages. This paper discusses the author’s experiences conducting fieldwork on the Wamesa language in West Papua, Indonesia under the auspices of a regional language centre. The two groups with a stake in this research, the language centre and the Wamesa speech community, both determined that their best interests were served… 
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