This paper deals with the collaborative approach towards language preservation and revitalization in the context of North east India. It provides the researchers’ understanding of the term ‘collaborative research’ and deliberates on a gradual shift from linguistfocussed research to community-based research. It also discusses various aspects, issues and challenges involved in collaborative language research in the context of mainly the Singpho language spoken in North-east India. Here the researcher deliberates on his experience of the collaborative model of research in regard to both language preservation and revitalization. The researcher discusses the relationship among collaboration, participation and ownership to show how a strong collaboration can eventually enable a community to take ownership of a particular language revitalization programme. Finally, the paper concludes by highlighting the strength of collaborative research and that it can empower the indigenous communities to develop independent researchers from amongst themselves. ----- Cet article traite de l’approche collaborative à la préservation et à la revitalisation des langues dans le Nord-Est de l’Inde. Nous offrons une définition de la recherche collaborative et discutons du passage graduel d’une recherche centrée sur les linguistes, à une recherche basée dans la communauté. Nous discutons plusieurs aspects, questions et défis rencontrés en recherche linguistique collaborative dans le contexte de la langue Singpho parlée au Nord-est de l’Inde pour proposer comment une communauté peut finir par s’approprier un programme de revitalisation de la langue. Finalement, nous concluons sur la force de la recherche collaborative et son potentiel pour le développement de chercheurs indépendants dans les communautés autochtones elles-mêmes.

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Keywords language preservation and revitalization, collaborative research, Singpho
Publisher Foundation for Endangered Languages
Series Proceedings of the 17th Foundation for Endangered Languages Conference (series record)
Citation
Palash Kumar Nath. (2013). Collaborative Approach Towards Language Preservation and Revitalization – Perspectives from North East India. In Proceedings of the 17th Foundation for Endangered Languages Conference (pp. 47–52). Foundation for Endangered Languages.