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Author Meek, Barbra A., 1967-

Title We are our language : an ethnography of language revitalization in a Northern Athabaskan community / Barbra A. Meek

Publ Info Tucson : University of Arizona Press, [2010]
 RWU Main Library  E99.K26 M44 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xxvi, 202 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series First peoples, new directions in indigenous studies
First peoples (2010)
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [177]-198) and index
Contents Ruptured : Kaska in context -- Endangered languages and the process of language revitalization -- Growing up endangered -- Manufacturing legitimate languages -- "We are our language" : the political discourses of language endangerment -- From revitalization to socialization : disjuncture and beyond
Note "For many communities around the world, the revitalization or at least the preservation of an indigenous language is a pressing concern. Understanding the issue involves far more than compiling simple usage statistics or documenting the grammar of a tongue--it requires examining the social practices and philosophies that affect indigenous language survival. In presenting the case of Kaska, an endangered language in an Athapascan community in the Yukon, Barbra Meek asserts that language revitalization requires more than just linguistic rehabilitation; it demands a social transformation. The process must mend rips and tears in the social fabric of the language community that result from an enduring colonial history focused on termination. These "disjunctures" include government policies conflicting with community goals, widely varying teaching methods and generational viewpoints, and even clashing ideologies within the language community
This book provides a detailed investigation of language revitalization based on more than two years of active participation in local language renewal efforts. Each chapter focuses on a different dimension, such as spelling and expertise, conversation and social status, family practices, and bureaucratic involvement in local language choices. Each situation illustrates the balance between the desire for linguistic continuity and the reality of disruption. We Are Our Language reveals the subtle ways in which different conceptions and practices -- historical, material, and interactiona l-- can variably affect the state of an indigenous language, and it offers a critical step toward redefining success and achieving revitalization."-- GoogleBooks
LC subject Kaska Indians -- Yukon -- Languages
Athapascan languages -- Yukon -- Revival
Language revival -- Yukon
ISBN 9780816527175 (cloth : alk. paper)
0816527172 (cloth : alk. paper)