ERIC Number: EJ884728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 17
Who Studies Whom and Who Benefits from Sociolinguistic Research?
Farfan, Jose Antonio Flores
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v27 n1 p79-86 2006
This article focuses on the papers presented in a colloquium on issues related to minority languages that constitute research topics. The papers from this colloquium touch upon a number of research issues and their social implications. In particular, the papers pay attention to ethical questions, which relate to the social sciences in general, but which have been discussed in the sociolinguistic literature. The paper "Sociolinguistic Minorities, Research, and Social Relationships", by Mark Garner, Christine Raschka and Peter Sercombe opened up a fruitful discussion on the role and impact of research in terms of its ethical implications, expressed by the "who wins?" question. The author stresses that the papers presented revealed the embryonic development of a number of specific approaches and programmes to support speakers of minority languages. He adds that developing an ethically committed, sustainable approach to issues related to minority languages which constitute research topics is not a straightforward endeavour; rather, it is a complex one. He concludes that it is from the sort of reflections presented in this colloquium that new paradigms are envisioned and finally advanced.
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Official Languages, Social Sciences, Ethics, Language Minorities, Language Research, Conferences (Gatherings)
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