ELL: Indigenous Languages Across the Community

Jon Reyhner Jon.Reyhner at NAU.EDU
Thu Feb 28 22:24:57 UTC 2002

The 278 page monograph "Indigenous Languages Across the Community"
edited by Barbara Burnaby and Jon Reyhner with papers from the Seventh
Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Conference held in May 2000 in
Toronto, Canada are now available on the web in pdf format at
http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~jar/ILAC/ and will be available in paperback in
the next few weeks.

Since 1994, the Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Conferences have
provided an unparalleled opportunity for practitioners and scholars
dedicated to supporting and developing the endangered indigenous
languages of the world, particularly those of North America, to meet and
share knowledge and experiences gained from research and community-based
practice. They have created a forum in which Indigenous people involved
with work on their own languages feel comfortable about coming together
with academics from this field to discuss issues common to them both.
The conferences were established through leadership at Northern Arizona
University and carried on through the voluntary efforts of academics and
universities that have hosted the meetings.

The 27 papers in "Indigenous Languages Across the Community" describe
efforts in Canada, the United States of America, New Zealand, Zimbabwe,
Mexico, Russia, and the Caribbean. They are divided into six sections:
Broad perspectives and policy, language and whole community development,
educational advances, languages and literacy development, the media, and
the meeting of Inuit and Yupik participants. The papers discuss issues
such as bilingual education, adult education, literacy, teacher
training, orthography and dictionary development, the role of religion
and culture, and language planning and advocacy strategies. Paperback
copies can be purchased for $15.00 each plus postage from Josie Allred,
Box 5774, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011 5774 USA.
E-mail Jon.Reyhner at nau.edu for more information.
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