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Understanding language vitality and reclamation as resilience: A framework for language endangerment and ‘loss’ (Commentary on Mufwene)

Understanding language vitality and reclamation as resilience: A framework for language... <p>Abstract:</p><p> Drawing extensively from Indigenous scholarship, I argue for more holistic and inclusive notions of language and language vitality. This enables a better understanding of language revitalization’s role as a protective factor, as well as how to evaluate its success. I present data from the Indigenous communities of the United States and Canada showing that language shift correlates with a host of negative outcomes: educational, economic, and well-being. In contrast, language revitalization may confer protective effects, suggesting that it is better understood through resilience. A more holistic framework also provides an intellectually coherent integration of language revitalization, language documentation, and language itself. </p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Language Linguistic Society of America

Understanding language vitality and reclamation as resilience: A framework for language endangerment and ‘loss’ (Commentary on Mufwene)

Language , Volume 93 (4) – Dec 21, 2017

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Linguistic Society of America
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<p>Abstract:</p><p> Drawing extensively from Indigenous scholarship, I argue for more holistic and inclusive notions of language and language vitality. This enables a better understanding of language revitalization’s role as a protective factor, as well as how to evaluate its success. I present data from the Indigenous communities of the United States and Canada showing that language shift correlates with a host of negative outcomes: educational, economic, and well-being. In contrast, language revitalization may confer protective effects, suggesting that it is better understood through resilience. A more holistic framework also provides an intellectually coherent integration of language revitalization, language documentation, and language itself. </p>

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LanguageLinguistic Society of America

Published: Dec 21, 2017

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