electronic materials [Re: Mouton "discounts" for ALT members]
sebastian_nordhoff at EVA.MPG.DE
Fri Nov 11 14:40:15 UTC 2011
On Fri, 11 Nov 2011 15:30:42 +0100, Peter Arkadiev
<peterarkadiev at yandex.ru> wrote:
> 1) Availability to the language community
> Do you really think that a MLG or any other academic reference grammar
> could be a really useful thing for a linguistic community? As a symbol
> of prestige to be put among other sacred and venerable objects, perhaps,
> but for actual use - hardly. What native speakers of our languages need
> are teaching materials and texts in their own language, enhancing its
> use and transmission. Huge volumes to understand which one must not only
> know English but also have special training are largely useless for
> linguistic communities. Probably I am mistaken, please, tell me if I am.
I can only speak for Sri Lanka: There are a couple of Sri Lanka Malays
studying linguistics (or something close to it) at Sri Lankan
universities. Anything with a Western price tag on it is out of bounds,
even for university libraries. Furthermore, there are a couple of
non-Malay Sri Lankan linguists who are interested in this language, an
interest which is probably beneficial to the community.
The speech community at large will not find a descriptive grammar a very
enjoyable read, but that is true for grammars of English/Russian/German in
the respective speech communities as well.
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