Subcontracting native speakers in linguistic fieldwork: a case study of the Ashéninka Perené (Arawak) research community from the Peruvian Amazon

Mihas, Elena (2012) Subcontracting native speakers in linguistic fieldwork: a case study of the Ashéninka Perené (Arawak) research community from the Peruvian Amazon. Language Documentation and Conservation, 6. pp. 1-21.

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Abstract

In light of a growing need to develop best practices for collaboration between the linguist and community researchers, this study provides orientation points on how to engage native speakers in linguistic fieldwork. Subcontracting native speaker-insiders is a variety of empowering collaborative field research, in which trained collaborators independently make audio and video recordings of fellow speakers in the research community, with subsequent transcription and translation of the collected texts. Using fieldwork in the Peruvian high jungle communities of Ashéninka Perené (Kampan, Arawak) as a case study, this paper examines practicalities of subcontracting such as identifying potential subcontractors, negotiating and signing an agreement, training to use practical orthography and equipment, and evaluation of the end-product.

Item ID: 26241
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1934-5275
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Funders: The National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant BCS-0901196, Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Small Grant 0002.
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2013 01:02
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