Literacy and language revitalization: leaving a visible trace

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dc.contributor.author Comeau, Emily
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-31T21:43:17Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-31T21:43:17Z
dc.date.copyright 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-05-31
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/9421
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this research is to seek out Indigenous perspectives on literacy in Indigenous Language Revitalization (ILR), and to explore the role of print literacy in ILR in British Columbia. The central research question of this study is: does print literacy play a role in language revitalization? Through qualitative interviews and an extensive literature review, this thesis explores community-based language revitalization initiatives in Indigenous communities, as described by Indigenous language champions and scholars. In international forums, literacy is often discussed in terms of development goals, functionalism, and economic success. However, literacy is “socially and historically situated, fluid, multiple, and power-linked” (McCarty, 2005, p. xviii), and it is inextricably linked to political, historical, and cultural contexts (Grenoble & Whaley, 2005). This study concludes that these contexts are vital to defining the role of literacy in Indigenous communities. Every community has its own historical, political, social, environmental, technological, and philosophical context for language learning, and as such, literacy plays a different role in every community. Furthermore, the role of literacy can be expected to change over time, much like languages shift over time. This research also demonstrates that literacy, situated within Indigenous-controlled education and language initiatives, can contribute to larger goals of decolonization. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Indigenous language revitalization en_US
dc.subject language pedagogy en_US
dc.subject literacy en_US
dc.subject linguistics en_US
dc.subject decolonization en_US
dc.title Literacy and language revitalization: leaving a visible trace en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Czaykowski-Higgins, Ewa
dc.degree.department Department of Linguistics en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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