Indigenous Literacies in the Americas: Language Planning from the Bottom Up (Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL] v. 75)

Indigenous Literacies in the Americas: Language Planning from the Bottom Up (Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL] v. 75)

By: Nancy H. Hornberger (editor)Hardback

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This volume documents goals, challenges, and prospects in contemporary efforts to develop literacies in traditionally unwritten languages, using experiences in indigenous language development in the Americas as case studies. Written by scholars and practitioners who have in many cases devoted their careers or lifetimes to developing indigenous literacies from the bottom up, the volume gives testimony to the vitality, versatility and stability of the languages and their speakers, to the enormous confidence and energy invested in literacy as a means of preserving and extending the languages, and to the role of indigenous literacies as door opportunity and medium of expression for those who have long been marginalized in their societies. The work collected here represents an unusual confluence of research and scholarship in language planning and bilingual education, the new literacy studies, and native and Latin American studies. The contributors are well qualified to write, whether as 'insider' member of the indigenous community or 'outsider' scholar with substantial experience in the community; inclusion of both kinds of expert voices ensures a particularly reliable account. At a time when phrases like 'endangered languages' and 'linguicism' are invoked to describe the plight of the world's vanishing linguistic resources in their encounter with the phenomenal growth of world languages such as English, the cases included here offer stirring evidence that all is not lost.

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Introduction: North America, Nancy H. Hornberger; Teaching and preserving Yup'ik traditional literacy, Nastasia Wahlberg; Ciulistet and the curriculum of the possible, Jerry Lipka, Esther Ilutsik; Reclaiming Navajo - language renewal in American Indian community school, Galena Sells Dick, Teresa L. McCarty; Literacy for what? Lucille J. Watahomigie, Teresa L. MacCarty; Language revitalization efforts in the Pueblo de Cochiti - becoming 'literate' in an oral society, Rebecca Benjamin et al; MesoAmerica: Language preservation and publishing, H. Russel Bernard; Experiences in the development of a writing system for Nuu Savi, Josefa Leonarda Gonzalez Ventura; Saving and strengthening indigenous Mexican languages - the CELIAC experience, Jesus Salinas Pedraza; Mayan language literacy in Guatemala - a socio-historical overview, Michael Richards; South America: Quechua literacy and empowerment in Peru, Nancy H. Hornberger; Literacy and modernization among the Quechua speaking population of Peru, Juan Carlos Godenzzi; An experience of indigenous literacy in Peru, Andres Chirinos; Indigenous politics and native language literacies - recent shifts in bilingual education policy and practice in Ecuador, Kendall A. King; Attitudes of teachers, children and parents towards bilingual intercultural education, Mercedes Cotacachi; Bringing the language forward - school-based initiatives for Quechua language re-vitalization in Ecuador and Bolivia, Nancy H. Hornberger, Kendall A. King; To Guaranize - a verb actively conjugated by the Bolivian Guaranis, Luis Enrique Lopez. Conclusion: Language planning from the bottom up, Nancy H. Hornberger. Afterword: Local literacies and vernacular literacies - implications for national literacy politics, Brian V. Street.

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  • publication date: 31/10/1996
  • ISBN13: 9783110152173
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 393
  • ID: 9783110152173
  • weight: 1061
  • ISBN10: 3110152177

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