By M. Eleanor Nevins
This incisive ethnographic research of indigenous language documentation, upkeep, and revitalization specializes in linguistic background concerns at the local American reservation at castle Apache and explores the wider social, political and non secular impacts on altering language practices in indigenous communities.
- Offers a concentrated ethnographic research of an indigenous group that still explores worldwide problems with language endangerment and upkeep and their socio-historical contexts
- Addresses the complexities and conflicts in language documentation and revitalization courses, and the way they articulate with localized discourse genres, schooling practices, spiritual ideals, and politics
- Examines differing reviews of language loss, and upkeep, between contributors of affected groups, and their artistic responses to demanding situations posed by means of encompassing socio-cultural regimes, together with college authorized language experts
- Provides an ethnographic research of speech in indigenous groups that strikes past narrowly conceived language documentation to contemplate altering linguistic and social identities
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But Apache women taught their children well, they say. “My child, one does not curse. One hates no one. One behaves foolishly to no one. One laughs at no one. One treats with respect those to whom one can do nothing. Pray to God [and] Child of the Water. We live because of those two. They made the earth [and] the sky,” they said to them, they say. 24 Indigenous Languages and the Mediation of Communities Even when the boys [and] girls were twenty five and over, they listened well to their fathers [and] mothers.
For example, Lawrence Mithlo, a Chiricahua Apache who had lived on the adjacent San Carlos reservation before being shipped away to Florida as a prisoner in the aftermath of the “Apache Wars,” made the following statement to linguist Harry Hoijer in 1936. At that time long ago, they lived poorly. But Apache women taught their children well, they say. “My child, one does not curse. One hates no one. One behaves foolishly to no one. One laughs at no one. One treats with respect those to whom one can do nothing.
London: Continuum. Nettle, Daniel and Suzanne Romaine. 2000. Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of the World’s Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Nevins, M. Eleanor. 2004. Learning to Listen: Confronting Two Meanings of Language Loss in the Contemporary White Mountain Apache Speech Community. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 14:269–288. Nevins, Thomas J. 2010. Between Love and Culture: Misunderstanding, Textuality and the Dialectics of Ethnographic Knowledge. Language and Communication 30(1):58–68.
Lessons from Fort Apache: Beyond Language Endangerment and Maintenance by M. Eleanor Nevins