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The Routledge Handbook of Language Revitalization

ISBN 9781138674493
Published March 12, 2018 by Routledge
552 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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The Routledge Handbook of Language Revitalization is the first comprehensive overview of the language revitalization movement, from the Arctic to the Amazon and across continents. Featuring 47 contributions from a global range of top scholars in the field, the handbook is divided into two parts, the first of which expands on language revitalization issues of theory and practice while the second covers regional perspectives in an effort to globalize and decolonize the field. The collection examines critical issues in language revitalization, including:

  • language rights, language and well-being, and language policy;
  • language in educational institutions and in the home;
  • new methodologies and venues for language learning;
  • and the roles of documentation, literacies, and the internet.

The volume also contains chapters on the kinds of language that are less often researched such as the revitalization of music, of whistled languages and sign languages, and how languages change when they are being revitalized. The Routledge Handbook of Language Revitalization is the ideal resource for graduate students and researchers working in linguistic anthropology and language revitalization and endangerment.

Table of Contents


Language Revitalization as a Growing Field of Study and Practice

Leanne Hinton, Leena Huss and Gerald Roche

Part 1

Issues of Theory and Practice

Section 1.1. Language Revitalization in Context

1. "Language is Like Food … ": Links Between Language Revitalization and Health and Wellbeing

Michael Walsh

2. Language Rights and Revitalization

Tove Skutnabb-Kangas

3. Community-Based Language Planning: Perspectives from Indigenous Language Revitalization

Teresa L. McCarty

4. Reinvigorating Language Policy and Planning for Intergenerational Language Revitalisation

Joseph Lo Bianco

Section 1.2. The Role of Institutions

5. The Role of Organizations in Language Revitalization

Suzanne Gessner, Margaret Florey, Inée Slaughter, and Leanne Hinton

6. Training Institutes for Language Revitalization

Arienne Dwyer, Ofelia Zepeda, Jordan Lachler, and Janne Underriner

Section 1.3. Revitalization through Education

7. Preschool and School as Sites for Revitalizing Languages with Very Few Speakers

Jon Todal

8. Higher Education in Indigenous Language Revitalization

William H. Wilson

9. Is Revitalization through Education Possible?

Nancy H. Hornberger and Haley De Korne

Section 1.4. Language Revitalization in the Household

10. Kotahi Mano Kaika, Kotahi Mano Wawata – A Thousand Homes, a Thousand Dreams: Permission to Dream Again

Hana Merenea O’Regan

11. Tolowa Language in the home

Pyuwa Bommelyn with Ruby Tuttle

Section 1.5. New Methodologies for Language Learning

12. The Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program

Leanne Hinton, Margaret Florey, Suzanne Gessner and Jacob Manatowa-Bailey

13. An Overview of Where Are Your Keys: A Glimpse Inside the Technique Toolbox

Evan Gardner and Susanna Ciotti

14. The Root Word Method For Building Proficient Second Language Speakers of Polysynthetic Languages: Onkwawén:na Kentyókhwa Adult Mohawk Language Immersion Program

Tehota’kerá:tonh Jeremy Green and Owennatékha Brian Maracle

15. Language Nesting in the Home

Zalmai ¿¿sw¿li Zahir

Section 1.6. Literacy, Language Documentation, and the Internet

16. Revitalizing the Cherokee Syllabary

Brad Montgomery-Anderson

17. Learning Languages Through Archives

Justin Spence

18. The Breath of Life Workshops and Institutes

Daryl Baldwin, Leanne Hinton and Gabriela Pérez Báez

19. Online dictionaries for language revitalization

Andrew Garrett

20. Language Documentation and Language Revitalization: Some Methodological Considerations

Peter K. Austin and Julia Sallabank

21. Documentary Fieldwork and its Web of Responsibilities

Nancy C. Dorian

Section 1.7. Special representations of language

22. Hawaiian Medium Theatre and the Language Revitalization Movement:

A Means to Reestablishing Mauli Hawai¿i

C. M. Kaliko Baker

23. A Case for Greater Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Language and Music Revitalization

Catherine Grant

24. Revitalization of Whistled Languages

Julien Meyer

25. Endangerment and Revitalization of Sign Languages

J. Albert Bickford and Melanie McKay-Cody

26. New Speakers of Minority Languages

Bernadette O’Rourke

Part 2

Regional Perspectives: Decolonizing and Globalizing Language Revitalization


Gerald Roche

Section 2.1. Europe

27. From the Ashes: Language Revitalization in Cornwall

Jenefer Lowe

28. Maintenance and Revitalization of Gallo

Sean Nolan

29. Language Revitalization in the Channel Islands

Julia Sallabank

Section 2.2. Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand

30. Language Revitalization in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Stephen May and Richard Hill

31. Language Revival in Australia

John Hobson

32. Revitalization of Kaurna

Rob Amery

Section 2.3. The Arctic

33. Arctic Indigenous Languages: Vitality and Revitalization

Lenore A. Grenoble

34. Revitalization of Sámi Languages in Three Nordic Countries: Finland, Norway and Sweden

Ulla Aikio-Puoskari

35. "This Work is Not for Pessimists": Revitalization of Inari Saami Language

Annika Pasenen

Section 2.4. The Americas

36. Language Revitalization in Indigenous North America

Leanne Hinton and Barbra Meek

37. "Carrying on The Word That I Know": Teacher-Community Language Revitalization Collaborations in Indigenous Oaxaca, Mexico

Lois M. Meyer

38. Revitalizing Pipil: The Cuna Nahuat Experience

Jorge E. Lemus

39. Language Revalorization in Peruvian Amazonia, Through the Lens of Iquito

Christine Beier and Lev Michael

Section 2.5. Asia

40. Language Revitalization¿of Tibetan

Gerald Roche and Lugyal Bum

41. Supporting and Sustaining Language Vitality in Northern Pakistan

Henrik Liljegren

42. Language Revitalization: The Tai Ahom Language of Northeast India

Stephen Morey

43. Revitalization of Duoxu: A First-hand Account

Katerina Chirkova

44. Revitalization of The Ryukyuan Languages

Patrick Heinrich

45. The Revitalization of Nivkh on Sakhalin

Ekaterina Gruzdeva and Juha Janhunen

Section 2.6. Africa

46. Supporting Vital Repertoires, Not Revitalizing Languages

Friederike Lüpke

47. Reclaiming Amazigh in a Time of Devitalization

Ahmed Kabel



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Leanne Hinton is Professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and an advisory member of the board of the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival.

Leena Huss is Professor Emerita at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Professor II Emerita at The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø.

Gerald Roche is an anthropologist, and is currently a DECRA research fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia.


"This impressive collection comprises chapters examining perspectives on language revitalization including its context, players, methods, technology, and relationship to documentation and other disciplines, and chapters on regional perspectives. Authors include learners, curriculum developers, language centre directors, linguists, and others. This is exactly the book needed today. It will be invaluable for all involved in language revitalization from research and practice perspectives. Thank you to the editors for their vision."

– Keren Rice, University of Toronto, Canada