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Lexical Innovation in Alutiiq

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Published on May 24, 2010

This is one in a series of videos regarding lexical innovation in language. This is part of a larger project the goal of which is to set up a resource for endangered language communities when dealing with the challenges of lexical innovation within their language community. You can learn more about this project here: http://www.jasonpackman.com/liindex.html

Alutiiq is spoken by the Alutiiq people, who are Alaska Natives of the southern coast of Alaska. The Alutiiq lived along the coast, nurturing their own unique culture while interacting with other Alaska Native peoples. This began to change in the 1700s, when Russian traders first came to the area. The region was soon under Russian control, which brought with it the influence of Russian culture, including language. After the United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, public schools, where it was forbidden to speak Alutiiq, were established, which hasended the decline of the Alutiiq language.

For more information about the Alutiiq Language Revitalization project, please visit their website at alutiiqmuseum.org

I am looking for languages to add to this project. If you are willing to help out, please contact me at packman@rohan.sdsu.edu. Feel free to contact me with any corrections, questions, or comments, as well.

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