Training as empowering social action: an ethical response to language endangerment

Genetti, Carol, and Siemens, Rebekka (2013) Training as empowering social action: an ethical response to language endangerment. In: Mihas, Elena, Perley, Bernard, Rei-Doval, Gabriel, and Wheatley, Kathleen, (eds.) Responses to Language Endangerment: in honor of Mickey Noonan: new directions in language documentation and language revitalization. Studies in Language Companion Series, 142 . John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 59-77.

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A recent response to language endangerment has been the rise of training programs in language documentation and conservation. Here we consider the position of training activities within the sociology of language documentation and conservation (LDC) work, specifically focusing on paradigms of ethical research and the relationship between academic and community partners. We examine one training program in depth, InField 2008, which had two distinct components: a set of short workshops, and intensive field training that incorporated language research. Grounding the discussion in the social science literature, we argue that training constitutes empowering social action and that different types of training promote different dimensions of empowerment. Training programs can be organized into a typology that is independent from, but overlaps with, the typology of research paradigms.

Item ID: 30332
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-90-272-0609-1
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This article was largely produced when Carol Genetti was in residence at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University, in Cairns, Australia. Special thanks are due to Sasha Aikhenvald and RMW Dixon for their stimulating discussion, and to Komla Tsey, Janya McCalman, and Cath Brown for broader perspective and deep insights born of decades of empowerment work in the health professions.

Date Deposited: 08 May 2014 06:07
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 100%
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