Published last year, “We Are Our Language: An Ethnography of Language Revitalization in a Northern Athabaskan Community” is a volume by Barbra A. Meek, associate professor of anthropology and linguistics at the University of Michigan.
According to the book’s page,
The process must mend rips and tears in the social fabric of the language community that result from an enduring colonial history focused on termination. These “disjunctures” include government policies conflicting with community goals, widely varying teaching methods and generational viewpoints, and even clashing ideologies within the language community.
The language that is the focus of the book is Kaska (kkz), a language spoken in the Yukon Territory and British Columbia. According to a review by Patrick Moore in last fall’s edition of Anthropological Linguistics, the book discusses how focusing on elders in revitalization alienates younger speakers.
Google previews of the book are available at “We Are Our Language.” The table of contents are:
- Ruptured: Kaska in Context
- Endangered Languages and the Process of Language Revitalization
- Growing Up Endangered
- Manufacturing Legitimate Languages
- “We Are Our Language”: The Political Discourses of Language Endangerment
- From Revitalization to Socialization: Disjuncture and Beyond