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Dialectics of Linguistic Elicitation: Textuality, language ideology and consultant interventions in linguistic fieldwork among urban Hindko speakers
AuthorPierce, Johnathan F.
AdvisorNevins, Marybeth E.
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Traditional linguistic fieldwork runs the risk of obscuring what is linguistically relevant to the consultants. I encountered this situation in my fieldwork In Karachi, where Hindko speakers intercepted my requests for word lists and translations with the presentation of long-form texts in the form of songs, a film and a school textbook. This change in genre brought forth by my informants allowed my fieldwork to be reformulated in a way that more directly addressed their concerns, Taking a view of Hindko informed by these texts, a language ideological portrait can be constructed in which Hindko exists in a low but negotiable position in the multilingual language hierarchy. The presentation of these texts are an attempt to negotiate the status of Hindko along three negotiable axes of language development: The historic and geographic claims of a language, the writing system, and the literary traditions of the language.