5. Stories in the Moment of Encounter

Documentation Boundary Work

  1. M. Eleanor Nevins

Published Online: 31 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118426470.ch5

Lessons from Fort Apache: Beyond Language Endangerment and Maintenance

Lessons from Fort Apache: Beyond Language Endangerment and Maintenance

How to Cite

Nevins, M. E. (2013) Stories in the Moment of Encounter, in Lessons from Fort Apache: Beyond Language Endangerment and Maintenance, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118426470.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 23 MAY 2013

Book Series:

  1. Wiley-Blackwell Studies in Discourse and Culture

Book Series Editors:

  1. James M. Wilce

Series Editor Information

  1. University of California, Los Angeles, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118424230

Online ISBN: 9781118426470

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Keywords:

  • Apache language documentation;
  • encounter;
  • polysemic mediation;
  • salvage documentation;
  • temporality

Summary

Voloshinov's description of the “philological flute” wrapped in the swaddling clothes of linguistics that was “supposed to be able to awaken the dead” rings presciently. This chapter opens with these two quotes because both require us to think about indigenous language documentation through a history of encounter. It focuses on language documentation as acts in the mediation of indigenous communities. The chapter traces a history of Apache language documentation, from missionary efforts to assimilation era salvage philology to contemporary endangered language documentation. It looks to a process and product of linguistic documentation: text collections, to illustrate ways that speakers of indigenous languages who work with linguists have engaged with documentation in complex ways. The chapter examines two collected Apache language texts: one spoken by Lawrence Mithlo and transcribed by Harry Hoijer, and another spoken by Rebekah Moody and transcribed by the author.