Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

On the wind, on the edge: Towards orthographic and ideological clarification of San Juan Southern Paiute
by Gratreaks, Rodney R., Jr., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 229; 1507649
Abstract (Summary)

Ute-Southern Paiute is a moribund language in the U.S. Great Basin culture area. In an applied linguistic anthropology workshop promoting heritage language literacy, Paiute-speaking San Juan Southern Paiute elders began learning their alphabet and assisted in the creation of an illustrated Paiute-language “ABC” book. Throughout this project, issues of authenticity, authority and identity were documented to better understand the relationship of the Paiute elders' language revitalization efforts to their views of their children who are abandoning the Paiute language. Extant and emergent language ideologies arose explaining modifications to their orthography to facilitate Paiute-language literacy and precise acoustic language documentation as a form of cultural resource management, while simultaneously defining their English-speaking offspring as catalysts to heritage language morbidity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: LeMaster, Barbara C.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Linguistics, Cultural anthropology, Native American studies
Publication Number: 1507649
ISBN: 978-1-267-18162-6
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