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Nyati-Saleshando, Lydia – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2019
Shiyeyi is one of the 28 languages spoken in Botswana. It is an endangered language because it is no longer being passed on to the children. This article describes micro language planning efforts to revive Shiyeyi over a period of 17 years. The classical and critical approaches to language planning are applied to this case to highlight the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, African Languages, Language Maintenance, Cultural Maintenance
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Albury, Nathan John – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2018
Localising knowledge and dispositions helps to predict the likely success of top-down language policies. In so far as language acquisition is a pillar of language revitalisation policy, then community perspectives on learning a minority language deserve attention. This article presents the knowledge, dispositions, and ideas of around 1,300…
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Ethnic Groups, Malayo Polynesian Languages, History
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Te Huia, Awanui – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2017
Substantially less is known about the motivations of indigenous heritage language learners than the motivations of learners of colonial languages. This study explores the motivations of Maori indigenous New Zealanders and the identity-related motivations they have for learning their heritage language. Interviews with 19 Maori language learners…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Learning Motivation, Pacific Islanders, Ethnic Groups
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Hornberger, Nancy H.; De Korne, Haley; Weinberg, Miranda – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2016
The experiences of a community of people learning and teaching Lenape in Pennsylvania provide insights into the complexities of current ways of talking and acting about language reclamation. We illustrate how Native and non-Native participants in a university-based Indigenous language class constructed language, identity, and place in nuanced ways…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Second Language Learning, Self Concept, Language Maintenance
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Guglani, Laura – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2016
This article explores Hispanics' concepts of cultural and linguistic identity. It is based on the findings of a recent study conducted by the author in Iglesia hispana de Cristo, a Hispanic church community in Western New York. Data come from ethnographic interviews conducted with 48 participants aged 13 to 80 years and with church leaders and…
Descriptors: Hispanic Americans, Spanish Speaking, Ethnicity, Identification (Psychology)
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McCarty, Teresa L. – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2014
Drawing on the work of Philip Deloria (2004) and recent explorations of "American Indian languages in unexpected places" (Webster & Peterson, 2011a), this article challenges received expectations of Native American languages and language users as "rural" and physically distant and of "urban" Indigenous language…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, American Indians, American Indian Languages, Ethnography
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Hornberger, Nancy H. – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2014
Drawing from long-term ethnographic research in the Andes, this paper examines one Quechua-speaking Indigenous bilingual educator's trajectory as she traversed (and traverses) from rural highland communities of southern Peru through development as teacher, teacher educator, researcher, and advocate for Indigenous identity and language…
Descriptors: Bilingual Teachers, Multicultural Education, Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes
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King, Kendall A.; Hermes, Mary – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2014
This paper describes 3 language learning approaches common in many urban and rural Ojibwe communities, as well as the ideologies of endangerment that drive and sustain them. Drawing from collaborative language revitalization work with teachers, learners, and community leaders, we analyze some of the teaching and learning practices that lead to the…
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, Language Maintenance, Teaching Methods, Language Attitudes
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Velázquez, Isabel – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2014
This article examines the ways in which a group of first-generation Latino immigrants to the U.S. Midwest conceptualized their role in their children's bilingual development. Respondents were asked to identify the individuals or institutions on which their children's language and academic development depended, as well as household practices…
Descriptors: Mother Attitudes, Spanish, Hispanic Americans, Immigrants
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Keskitalo, Pigga; Määttä, Kaarina; Uusiautti, Satu – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2014
Due to the history of assimilation, power relations, and their sociolinguistic situation, the Sámi languages are categorized as endangered. The position of the Sámi languages in Sámi education is reviewed, and language immersion as a teaching method and as a means of language maintenance is discussed. Sámi language learning is described through…
Descriptors: Uncommonly Taught Languages, Power Structure, Sociolinguistics, Immersion Programs
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Heidemann, Kai A. – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2014
This article explores the mobilization dynamics of a school-based minority language revitalization initiative in the French Basque Country, known as the Ikastola Movement. Bringing the study of language revitalization into dialogue with social movement theory, I discuss how the solidarity of Basque language activists was influenced by state-level…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Minorities, Language Maintenance, Second Languages
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Torrez, J. Estrella – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2013
This article presents the narratives centered on intergenerational linguistic and cultural transmission for three farmworker families. It does so through the analysis of personal narratives provided by three families in rural Michigan, which were collected over a five-year span. The participants discuss the sociocultural significance of…
Descriptors: Agricultural Laborers, Personal Narratives, Rural Areas, Sociocultural Patterns
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Parada, Maryann – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2013
The effects of birth order have been debated in many disciplines and have been shown to be important for a number of outcomes. However, studies examining the significance of birth order in language development and practices, particularly with regard to minority languages, are few. This article reports on two sets of data collected among Spanish…
Descriptors: Birth Order, Language Minorities, Spanish, Language Proficiency
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Armstrong, Timothy Currie – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2013
The last speakers of an endangered language often include many individuals who have acquired less than full productive proficiency in the language, language users Nancy Dorian (1977) called semi-speakers. When these individuals enter formal education and seek to learn or relearn their endangered heritage language, they are often frustrated by…
Descriptors: Indo European Languages, Heritage Education, Language Maintenance, Foreign Countries
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Ehala, Martin – Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2012
This article proposes that acculturation orientations are related to two sets of cultural values: utilitarianism (Ut) and traditionalism (Tr). While utilitarian values enhance assimilation, traditional values support language and identity maintenance. It is proposed that the propensity to either end of this value opposition can be measured by an…
Descriptors: Acculturation, Traditionalism, Multivariate Analysis, Foreign Countries
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