LDD 21 now available

We are delighted to announce that the 21st volume of Language Documentation and Description LDD21 is now available online. This a special issue on “The Social Lives of Linguistic Legacy Materials”, edited by Lise Dobrin and Saul Schwartz. As the editors explain in their introduction:

Documentary linguistic data may be acquired not only firsthand, but by consulting materials that were produced by scholars, missionaries, speakers, and others in the past. Such linguistic legacy materials may reside in an archive or in an individual’s private collection, or they may be embedded in published literature that was created for purposes other than linguistics … linguistic legacy materials, while potentially treasure troves of evidence and insight, are nevertheless challenging to use. The main challenge, we argue, is inherent in the very nature of such materials: inasmuch as they are the products of past human meaning-making activity, they are invested with the goals, knowledge, points of view, and circumstances of those who were involved in their creation. To that extent, legacy materials can be said to possess social lives that originate in the past and that continue to unfold over time as they are accessed, analyzed, or put to new uses. The articles published together here tell the “biographies” of linguistic legacy materials in particular instances, drawing lessons for all who revisit and recirculate data from the past and offering perspective for documentary linguists working now to create the legacy collections of the future.

Here is a list of the papers in LDD21:

Table of contents
Lise M. Dobrin & Saul Schwartz
The social lives of linguistic legacy materials
Lise M. Dobrin & Saul Schwartz
The Arapesh “suitcase miracle”: The interpretive value
of reproducible research
Lise M. Dobrin
Philology in the folklore archive: Interpreting past documentation
of the Kraasna dialect of Estonian
Tobias Weber
Interdisciplinary aspirations and disciplinary archives:
Losing and finding John M. Weatherby’s Soo data
Samuel J. Beer
Documenting language and discerning listenership: Fluent speakers’
evaluations of Dakota’s oldest legacy texts
Josh Wayt
Legacy materials and cultural facework: Obscenity and bad words
in Siouan language documentation
Saul Schwartz
Recirculating and revitalizing words: Lexical legacies in Native
American language preservation
Sean O’Neill & Saul Schwartz

As usual, we welcome feedback and comments on the papers in this special issue. Feel free to write to elpublishing2017@gmail.com or contact the editors directly.