Revitalising Indigenous Languages How to Recreate a Lost Generation

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-23
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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This book offers a language revitalisation method that can be used with Indigenous and minority languages, especially in cases where the native language has been lost among people of a working age. It gives practical examples and a theoretical frame of reference for how to plan, organise and implement an intensive language programme.

Author Biography

Marja-Liisa Olthuis is University Lecturer at University of Oulu, Finland. Her major interests are the Saami languages, Finnish, language revitalisation, lexicology, second/foreign language teaching and translating.Suvi Kivelä is a researcher at the Saami Archives in Finland. She has worked as a news broadcaster at YLE, Finland's national public service broadcasting company. She is one of the Complementary Aanaar Saami Language Education graduates.Tove Skutnabb-Kangas (Emerita) has been actively involved with struggles for language rights for five decades. Her research interests include linguistic human rights, linguistic genocide, linguicism (linguistically argued racism), mother-tongue-based multilingual education and the relationship between linguistic and cultural diversity and biodiversity.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: How did the CASLE project start?

Chapter 3: Aanaar Saami – a small Saami language

Chapter 4: The CASLE revitalisation method

Chapter 5: CASLE YEAR

Chapter 6: Complementary Aanaar Saami Language Education as a project – CASLE 2009–2010

Chapter 7: What has CASLE achieved? What does the future hold?

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