Learning the language of the land

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dc.contributor.author Parker, Aliana Violet
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-03T18:54:36Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-03T18:54:36Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-08-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4106
dc.description.abstract Indigenous worldviews are essential to successful language education, yet it remains a challenge to integrate them into current frameworks dominated by Western paradigms and pedagogies. This research addresses one aspect of the maintenance of cultural integrity for Indigenous languages as they are taught in a contemporary context. The purpose of this research is twofold: to explore the connections between Indigenous languages and the land, and to see how these connections are reflected in current language education practices. In particular, the study looks at the use of websites for Indigenous language education, with the goal of better understanding the potential for such placeless, global media to represent the inherently place-based nature of Indigenous languages. The study is based on an Indigenist research paradigm and employs the qualitative principles of Constructivist Grounded Theory. It incorporates a synthesis of current literature regarding connections between language and land, personal interviews with Indigenous language and culture experts, and a survey of 14 language education websites from Canada and the United States. Essential ties between land and language are revealed in the words of Indigenous and other writers, and in the thoughts and practices of Indigenous thinkers actively engaged with both land and language. These ties represent an intimate relationship to land that weaves together Indigenous knowledge, spirituality, history and identity. This study contributes to our understanding of the significance of land for Indigenous languages, and the importance of Indigenous worldviews for Indigenous education. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject language revitalization en_US
dc.subject Indigenous education en_US
dc.subject place-based education en_US
dc.subject educational technology en_US
dc.subject land en_US
dc.subject Indigenous languages en_US
dc.subject online language learning en_US
dc.title Learning the language of the land en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Saxon, Leslie Adele
dc.contributor.supervisor Williams, Lorna
dc.degree.department Dept. of Linguistics en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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