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Planning Language Use

Case Studies in Community-Based Language Development

About the Book

In light of the global threat of language endangerment, minority language communities around the globe have increasingly engaged in the task of strengthening their traditional languages. This collaborative volume highlights a collection of these case studies to show how a particularly promising methodology, community based language and identity development, has been applied around the globe, with different variations and results. Those interested in language development will find helpful and practical examples of what has worked well (and what hasn't) from a diverse set of authors within a myriad of cultural and linguistic settings.

About the Editors

David M. Eberhard
David M. Eberhard

David Eberhard has been the General Editor of the Ethnologue since 2018. Prior to that he was on the faculty of the Linguistics Department at Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he taught Sociolinguistics and Advanced Phonology, and advised numerous student masters theses focused on the sociolinguistic descriptions of Asian language communities. He spent 22 years with SIL in Brazil, where he did field work among the Mamaindê people of the southern Amazon. His holds a PhD in Linguistics from Vrije Universtiteit, Amsterdam, where his dissertation, a descriptive grammar of the Mamaindê language, was completed in 2009. He is the author of over 20 publications, and a co-author of the "Guide for Planning the Future of Our Language," a participatory methodology for community based language development. He has led workshops on community based language development and provided consulting for minority language communities in Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Turkey, Croatia, Nigeria, Uganda, Sao Tome e Principe, USA, and Brazil. His research interests include language ecologies, language shift and maintenance, endangered languages, language development, language vitality assessment, minority languages and digital media, language acquisition of minority languages, and the phonology, morphology and syntax of the Nambiquara language family, of which Mamaindê is a part.

Scott A. Smith
Scott A. Smith

Scott Smith (MA, DEA) is a sociolinguistic consultant and translation consultant for SIL International, and regional manager for SIL in Equatorial Guinea (EG), Africa. He teaches in Masters programs in Spain and Equatorial Guinea, and is an administrator for Promotora Española de Lingüística in Spain. He has trained speakers from 19 minority language groups in community-based language development.

Table of Contents

    • Contributors
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Background
      • 1.2 Evolution of Community-Based Language Development
      • 1.3 Purpose of Current Volume
      • 1.4 Variation Between Case Studies
      • 1.5 Chapter summaries
      • 1.6 Concluding remarks
      • 1.7 References
  • Part One: Individual Case Studies
    • 2 Oji-Cree language vitality in a community of Northwestern Ontario
      • 2.1 General Information
      • 2.2 Methodology
      • 2.3 Community Assessment
      • 2.4 Community Goals
      • 2.5 Community Planning
      • 2.6 Community Results
      • 2.7 Critique
      • 2.8 References
    • 3 Beginnings of the Language and Identity Journey in Mengisa (Cameroon)
      • 3.1 General Information
      • 3.2 Methodology
      • 3.3 Community Assessment
      • 3.4 Community Goals
      • 3.5 Community Planning and Implementation
      • 3.6 Community Results
      • 3.7 Critique
      • 3.8 References
  • Part Two: Regional Case Studies
    • 4 Measuring the Impact of Using the Guide in Six Speech Communities of Northern Pakistan
      • 4.1 General Information
      • 4.2 Regional Characteristics
      • 4.3 Background
      • 4.4 Methodology
      • 4.5 Description of CBLID Events
      • 4.6 Community Results
      • 4.7 Critique
      • 4.8 References
    • 5 Creative Use of the Guide in the Sepik Region of Papua New Guinea
      • 5.1 General Information
      • 5.2 Regional Characteristics
      • 5.3 Background
      • 5.4 Methodology
      • 5.5 Description of CBLID events
      • 5.6 Community Results
      • 5.7 Critique
      • 5.8 References
    • 6 First Steps with Three Tivoid languages
      • 6.1 General Information
      • 6.2 Regional Characteristics
      • 6.3 Background
      • 6.4 Methodology
      • 6.5 Description of CBLID Events
      • 6.6 Community Results
      • 6.7 Critique
      • 6.8 References
      • 6.9 Appendix — Tivoid Community Workshop Photos
    • 7 Six Equatorial Guinean Communities Working Together for Language and Identity Development
      • 7.1 General Information
      • 7.2 Regional Characteristics
      • 7.3 Background
      • 7.4 Methodology
      • 7.5 Description of CBLID Events
      • 7.6 Community Results
      • 7.7 Critique
      • 7.8 References
  • Closing Synthesis
    • 8 Taking Stock: Does CBLID “Work”?
      • 8.1 Framing the Question
      • 8.2 Preliminary Considerations
      • 8.3 Methodological Highlights
      • 8.4 Impact of CBLID
      • 8.5 Contributing Factors
      • 8.6 Summing It Up
      • 8.7 Future Steps
      • 8.8 References
  • Notes

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