2. Indigenous Languages and the Mediation of Communities

  1. M. Eleanor Nevins

Published Online: 31 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118426470.ch2

Lessons from Fort Apache: Beyond Language Endangerment and Maintenance

Lessons from Fort Apache: Beyond Language Endangerment and Maintenance

How to Cite

Nevins, M. E. (2013) Indigenous Languages and the Mediation of Communities, in Lessons from Fort Apache: Beyond Language Endangerment and Maintenance, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118426470.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 23 MAY 2013

Book Series:

  1. Wiley-Blackwell Studies in Discourse and Culture

Book Series Editors:

  1. James M. Wilce

Series Editor Information

  1. University of California, Los Angeles, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118424230

Online ISBN: 9781118426470

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Keywords:

  • communities;
  • indigenous communities;
  • indigenous histories;
  • indigenous languages;
  • language endangerment;
  • linguistic ecology

Summary

In this chapter, the author draws out paradoxes and conflicts surrounding Apache language, or Ndee Bik' ehgo Biyatí', on the Fort Apache reservation and suggests that parallel dynamics can be found in other indigenous communities. He argues that such contrasts are implicit in the terms through which indigenous communities are related to surrounding sociopolitical orders and are germane to the meaning and political status of indigenous language maintenance efforts in ways that often go unrecognized by language planners. The notion of “language endangerment” is rooted in a history of colonial encounter, which not only shapes the phenomena, but also shapes the way we see and respond to it.