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.
|Title of host publication
|Reflections on Language Documentation 20 Years after Himmelmann 1998
|B McDonnell, A L Berez-Kroeker & G Holton
|Place of Publication
|University of Hawaii Press
|Published - 2018