Representing minority languages and cultures on the World Wide Web

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An inevitable and welcome consequence of linguistic documentation of minority languages is the production of world wide web resources made about, by, and for speakers of those languages. One danger of this development is that websites can proliferate in which speakers of minority languages are portrayed as objects of study, promulgating the view and the reality that the global electronic network exists “for” – is culturally oriented toward – members of majority cultures. This same development provides linguists with great opportunities to create resources in which speakers of all languages see themselves as subjects, in part by working with community members to create linguistic websites.


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