Documentary Linguistics प्रलेखन भाषाविज्ञान

DoBes World Map of Projects of Language Documentation

Those wondering about this new branch of Linguistics i.e.  Documentary Linguistics, it is obvious from its name that it has something to do with documentation. Prof Himmelman describes Documentary Linguistics as

The aim of a language documentation is to provide a comprehensive record of the linguistic practices characteristic of a given speech community… This… differs fundamentally from… language description [which] aims at the record of a language… as a system of abstract elements, constructions, and rules
[p, 166, “Documentary and descriptive linguistics”, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann (1998). Linguistics 36. pp. 161-195. Berlin: de Gruyter]

We all know that many of our languages are dying or on the verge of extinction. Language endangerment has become a issue of concern not only for linguists but also for many other activists and workers in the society. Linguistics fraternity across the world has responded to this issue of language endangerment in various ways. One of the fall outs of this united effort is the advent of the field of Documentary Linguistics.

Anthony C Woodbury is one of the pioneers who have helped define this nascent filed of linguistics. To read  Hindi translation of his article on Documentary Linguistics (प्रलेखन भाषाविज्ञान), please click below



6 thoughts on “Documentary Linguistics प्रलेखन भाषाविज्ञान

  1. The information on the map is amazing. I am a little surprised though. I expected the African languages to be more endangered that those in S. America.
    I believe UNICEF is placing great emphasis on disappearing languages. I tried to find out the reason why but I have not got any convincing answers. Why is disappearing language such a big concern? Perhaps you can clarify.

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