Eulogizing a language: The Ngarnka experience

Pensalfini, Rob (2004) Eulogizing a language: The Ngarnka experience. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 168 141-156. doi:10.1515/ijsl.2004.029

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Author Pensalfini, Rob
Title Eulogizing a language: The Ngarnka experience
Journal name International Journal of the Sociology of Language   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0165-2516
Publication date 2004-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1515/ijsl.2004.029
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Volume 168
Start page 141
End page 156
Total pages 16
Editor Nancy C. Dorian
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher De Gruyter Mouton
Language eng
Abstract In 1996, I worked with what appear to have been the last fluent speakers of Ngarnka, a language of central northern Australia. To the best of my knowledge, the last fluent speaker passed away in 1997 or 1998. In 2000, I began to collect all available information on the language. This article describes some of the challenges that have arisen in working with a language during and after the final stages of its death, and examines some of the possible reasons for, and impact of, this kind of work.
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