INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE REVITALIZATION IN THE USA – A LOST CAUSE?

Posted On Oct 18 2011 by

This paper discusses the current state of indigenous languages in theUSAand the possibilities, initiatives and significance of their revitalization in conditions of phenomenal growth and dominance of the English language. In spite of the apparent resistance of these languages to forces of assimilation, the fact that they are not being transmitted to the next generation is seen as the greatest danger to their maintenance. After a brief overview of the number, geographical areas and stages of language loss for Indian, Native Alaskan and Native Californian languages, as well as institutions and legal policies and acts in charge of their maintenance, …