Book review

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Tue Oct 14 12:41:46 UTC 2003

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LINGUIST List 14.2759

Title: Language, Politics, and Social Interaction in an Inuit Community
Series Title: Language, Power and Social Process 8

 2003, Mouton de Gruyter

Author: Donna  Patrick


Since the early 1970s, the Inuit of Arctic Quebec have struggled to
survive economically and culturally in a rapidly changing northern
environment. The promotion and maintenance of Inuktitut, their native
language, through language policy and Inuit control over institutions,
have played a major role in this struggle. Language, Politics, and
Social Interaction in an Inuit Community is a study of indigenous
language maintenance in an Arctic Quebec community where four
languages - Inuktitut, Cree, French and English - are spoken. It
examines the role that dominant and minority languages play in the
social life of this community, linking historical analysis with an
ethnographic study of face-to-face interaction and attitudes towards
learning and speaking second and third languages in everyday life.

>>From the Contents:

Chapter 1: Language use in Arctic Quebec: Towards a political economic
1. Introduction
2. Doing Aboriginal Research
3. The study of language choice: Theoretical assumptions

Chapter 2: Contextualizing the research site
1. The research site
2. Aboriginal politics in Canada: nunavut, Nunavik, and land claims
3. Setting the scene: Aboriginal politics in the 1990s

Chapter 3: History and representation of the Hudson Bay Inuit,
1. History, contact, and representation
2. The twentieth century: The Inuit and Canada

Chapter 4: Language, power, and Inuit mobilization
1. Language markets and linguistic capital
2. Dominant and alternative language markets
3. Competition between English and French
4. Inuit mobilization and the rise of the Inuktitut
5. Participating in the Southern market

Chapter 5: Ethnography of language use
1. Who speaks what: The distribution of language resources
2. Endangered languages and the "survival" of Inuktitut
3. Language survey data: Self-reports of language use
4. Ethnic boundaries and social space
5. Social networks in Great Whale River
6. Language practices
Hardback: ISBN: 3110176513, Pages: xii, 269, Price: EURO 88.00 / US$
Paperback: ISBN: 3110176521, Pages: xii, 269, Price: EURO 29.95 / US$

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Lingfield(s):   Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s):   Inuktitut, Eastern Canadian (Language code: ESB)

Written In:  English (Language Code: ENG)

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