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Rethinking Language Revitalization

Friday, March 25, 2011
12:00 AM
2001 LSA Building

Barbra Meek (Cancelled), University of Michigan In situations of language shift, the endangered language is typically acquired in the home while the dominant language is learned at school. In situations of language revitalization, with minor exceptions, the reverse is true; the dominant language is acquired at home and the endangered language is learned at school. Such changes in the sociolinguistic landscape are altering the ways in which people speak and experience endangered indigenous languages. Using evidence from my research on Kaska (Athabaskan)language revitalization in the Yukon Territory of Canada, I examine such changes, the ideological and practical disjunctures that emerge, and their resolution.