Reflections on linguistic fieldwork and language documentation in eastern Indonesia

Yusuf Sawaki, Wayan Arka

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    In this paper, we reflect on linguistic fieldwork and language documentation activities in Eastern Indonesia. We first present the rich linguistic and biological diversity of this region, which is of significant interest in typological and theoretical linguistics and language documentation. We then discuss certain central educational issues in relation to human resources, infrastructures, and institutional support, critical for high quality research and documentation. We argue that the issues are multidimensional and complex across all levels , posing sociocultural challenges in capacity-building programs. Finally, we reflect on the significance of the participation of local fieldworkers and communities and their contextual training.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReflections on Language Documentation 20 Years after Himmelmann 1998
    Editors B McDonnell, A L Berez-Kroeker & G Holton
    Place of PublicationHonolulu, Hawai'i
    PublisherUniversity of Hawaii Press
    ISBN (Print)978-0-9973295-3-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


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