07 3 / 2014
"Language Revitalization" is a broad concept that doesn’t accurately or truly emphasize the work we are actually engaged in.
We are actually involved in reversing a shift in language decline. Reversing the language shift refers to the way in which a language was at one time a major component of a community and culture. It refers to the decline that has come from any myriad of sources where the number of speakers stopped growing but instead declined. Our work is to reverse that decline.
"Language revitalization" can involve work that is about heritage language, and involves the promotion of the language, but it doesn’t immediate describe the actual goals:
… to building of community.
A language that is in decline can be reversed. It can make a turn towards a healthier status. It can become the language of the community again.
But it involves that community choosing to prioritize the reversing of the language shift from decline to increase. To increase the number of fluent speakers is our first step to restoring a community of language use, both habitual and exclusive.
04 3 / 2014
04 3 / 2014
03 3 / 2014
03 3 / 2014
If handholding your people to commit to the language isn’t working, go with the brutally honest approach.
Our language will die if you don’t speak it in your home.
01 3 / 2014
There is no time to be passive; we must be active.
We must plan for depth. To better plan our revitalization we can plan for areas where either traditional culture has persisted to today, or create language for contexts and areas we want culture to be revitalized, or we create language functionality in contemporary contexts with our modern culture that won’t be ending with any time soon.
28 2 / 2014
Language has to come back through the most important institution in our culture: the family.
When we abdicate the responsibility to other authorities or institutions we risk creating a culture of the language within a generation where the language is used exclusively in that institution, and not in the home in social situations between friends and family.
The ideal situation is to create the demand first, then build what is needed from there.
26 2 / 2014
Start from the ground up. Create the demand first, then the institution. Emphasize the strengthening of existing institutions that do not depend on the state. Include all the family, especially the children.
23 2 / 2014