Community collaborations: Best practices for north american indigenous language documentation

Susan D. Penfield, Angelina Serratos, Benjamin V. Tucker, Amelia Flores, Gilford Harper, Johnny Hill, Nora Vasquez

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This article describes a collaborative project for language documentation involving the North American indigenous languages of Mohave and Chemehuevi. We define the essential elements of field methods and of project design while proposing a basic model for collaborative community-based projects in language documentation. Our recommendations apply to community-based projects in North American indigenous communities; however, we anticipate that they will be extendable worldwide to others working in the field of language documentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-202
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of the Sociology of Language
Issue number191
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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