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Title: Mapping the Language: How a dying language loses its place in the world.
Paper URL: https://sites.google.com/site/hoffmanndorothea/home/publications
Author: Dorothea Hoffmann
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Homepage: https://sites.google.com/site/hoffmanndorothea/
Institution: University of Chicago
Linguistic Field: Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation
Subject Language: Mullukmulluk
Abstract: This paper is concerned with documenting critically endangered and culturally significant aspects of spatial language in MalakMalak, a non-Pama-Nyungan Northern Daly language with eleven identified remaining speakers based in the Daly River Region in Australia. The documentation combines current speaker knowledge collected in fieldwork settings between 2012 and 2013 with historical recordings (Birk, 1971-1973) to identify such areas of knowledge that have been lost over time. As a result, this paper focuses on the intricate relationship between language, culture, landscape, and tradition in the absence of customary community life. It asks whether or not aspects of language may ever be fully documented when speakers no longer live in traditional areas practicing customary cultural life.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: AUSTRALEX 2013, The University of Adelaide
URL: https://sites.google.com/site/hoffmanndorothea/home/publications


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