[lg policy] bibitem: Idiomatic Rights, language policy, Peruvian language planning in education.

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 11 14:14:34 UTC 2011

Theme: Living Indigenous Languages
Title: Idiomatic Rights, language policy, Peruvian language planning
in education.
Author: Yataco Miryam

Recent developments in language policy in Peru, have unlocked
possibilities for original languages and their speakers through new
proposed and recently approved legislation. This article presents an
overview on language policy in Peru looking at it from a
sociopolitical standpoint. It starts by defining Peruvian LP in terms
of a historical account of diglossic relationships between Spanish and
the original languages of the country. It also typifies these
linguistic contact points as marked by language discrimination,
linguicism, and profound asymmetrical relations. Peru’s language
policy is defined here as marked by models of forced castellanization
and homogenization. Focus is on the paradox inherent in transforming a
Spanish Only speaking society, into a more diverse one, without
including language diversity. The discussion begins with a brief
review of literature on language ideologies, multilinguism, and of the
sociolinguistic context of Peru. It proceeds to an analysis of the
present situation of original languages, Peruvian indigenous
bilingualism and the education of Peruvian students whose mother
tongue is not Spanish. It focuses heavily on the significance of
linguistic rights in Peru. The main question is what does it mean in
2011, to be a Peruvian citizen whose mother tongue is not Spanish? It
proceeds with a discussion on linguistic justice, and the
possibilities of indigenous silenced voices to be included - in form
and content- in public official discourse, to promote revitalization
in pragmatic use of the languages in public and private settings. It
will include a brief description of recently approved Law 809 Use and
Preservation of Original Languages, approved June 2011 by Peruvian


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