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We Are Our Language: An Ethnography of Language Revitalization in a Northern Athabaskan Community (review)

We Are Our Language: An Ethnography of Language Revitalization in a Northern Athabaskan Community... BOOK REVIEWS more of Webster's personal involvement in the crafting of the work to shine through. But the first is a quibble and the second a writerly decision that remains the purview of the individual author. It is a clearly written, thoroughly researched, and enlightening book, rewarding readers with interests in poetics, contemporary Native American expressive practices, and the politics of language and art, and arguing for a continuing place for poetry in the post-Hymesian universe of anthropological linguistics. We Are Our Language: An Ethnography of Language Revitalization in a Northern Athabaskan Community. BARBRA A. MEEK. First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2011. Pp. xxviii + 202. $49.95 (cloth). Reviewed by Patrick Moore, University of British Columbia The volume is essential reading for those engaged in community language work, since it is one of the few works that focuses on the complex nature of language practices and ideologies in the wider context of language shift across multiple age groups and in both home and institutional settings. This is an ethnography of language revitalization efforts based on Barbra Meek's doctoral dissertation research in Watson Lake, Yukon. Meek's analysis utilizes the concept of disjunctures, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anthropological Linguistics University of Nebraska Press

We Are Our Language: An Ethnography of Language Revitalization in a Northern Athabaskan Community (review)

Anthropological Linguistics , Volume 53 (3) – Jun 30, 2011

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BOOK REVIEWS more of Webster's personal involvement in the crafting of the work to shine through. But the first is a quibble and the second a writerly decision that remains the purview of the individual author. It is a clearly written, thoroughly researched, and enlightening book, rewarding readers with interests in poetics, contemporary Native American expressive practices, and the politics of language and art, and arguing for a continuing place for poetry in the post-Hymesian universe of anthropological linguistics. We Are Our Language: An Ethnography of Language Revitalization in a Northern Athabaskan Community. BARBRA A. MEEK. First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2011. Pp. xxviii + 202. $49.95 (cloth). Reviewed by Patrick Moore, University of British Columbia The volume is essential reading for those engaged in community language work, since it is one of the few works that focuses on the complex nature of language practices and ideologies in the wider context of language shift across multiple age groups and in both home and institutional settings. This is an ethnography of language revitalization efforts based on Barbra Meek's doctoral dissertation research in Watson Lake, Yukon. Meek's analysis utilizes the concept of disjunctures,

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Anthropological LinguisticsUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Jun 30, 2011

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