[lg policy] US: Gullah, other non-English indigenous languages struggle to survive

Gareth Price gareth.price at DUKE.EDU
Wed Aug 3 01:31:33 UTC 2011

Frankie Quimby of the Georgia Sea Island Singers remembers when the
Geechee language, formally known as Gullah, was unpopular and known as
the language of the uneducated.

"It was a time when black history was not taught in schools," Quimby
said. "The teachers said (students) have lost their heritage."

Indigenous and non-English languages such as Gullah - which originated
with slaves from West Africa and includes some English - face a host
of obstacles to survival in today's United States, including a lack of
resources, the fact that most of the speakers are dying off and a
stigma that the languages are for uneducated people. But some schools
and programs are fighting that stigma and trying to preserve these
languages for a new generation.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/07/31/3047943/indigenous-non-english-languages.html#ixzz1TvQW6nwK

Dr. Gareth Price
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
316 Languages Building, Box 90259
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0259
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