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Two Models of Language Revitalization from California, by Leanne Hinton

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Published on Mar 8, 2012

This presentation focuses on two models that have been developed in California for revitalization of moribund languages -- the Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program, and the Breath of Life Workshops for languages without speakers. Both these programs were developed by a Native-run organization, the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival. In the Master-Apprentice Program, the elderly speakers team up with younger learners, and the teams are taught how to transmit the language from elder to younger through immersion while living their daily lives together. For Breath of Life workshops, Native participants explore the massive language archives at the University of California and learn the fundamentals of linguistics with the goal of utilizing the materials they find their for purposes of language teaching, learning and revitalization. Both these programs have spread both nationally and internationally and been found to be highly effective in communities that put them to use.

This event is co-sponsored by the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity and the University of Melbourne, School of Languages and Linguistics.

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