1st Edition

Indigenous Language Revitalization in the Americas

Edited By Serafín M. Coronel-Molina, Teresa L. McCarty Copyright 2016
    344 Pages
    by Routledge

    342 Pages
    by Routledge

    Focusing on the Americas – home to 40 to 50 million Indigenous people – this book explores the history and current state of Indigenous language revitalization across this vast region. Complementary chapters on the USA and Canada, and Latin America and the Caribbean, offer a panoramic view while tracing nuanced trajectories of "top down" (official) and "bottom up" (grass roots) language planning and policy initiatives. Authored by leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, the book is organized around seven overarching themes: Policy and Politics; Processes of Language Shift and Revitalization; The Home-School-Community Interface; Local and Global Perspectives; Linguistic Human Rights; Revitalization Programs and Impacts; New Domains for Indigenous Languages

    Providing a comprehensive, hemisphere-wide scholarly and practical source, this singular collection simultaneously fills a gap in the language revitalization literature and contributes to Indigenous language revitalization efforts.



    Serafín M. Coronel-Molina is Associate Professor in the Department of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington, USA.

    Teresa L. McCarty is the G.F. Kneller Chair in Education and Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the A.W. Snell Professor Emerita of Education Policy Studies at Arizona State University, USA.