Sustaining linguistic continuity in the Beringia: examining language shift and comparing ideas of sustainability in two arctic communities

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  • Daria Morgounova Schwalbe

In order to answer the critical question of "how (and whether) communities can sustain continued use of their languages in the future," this article addresses the subject of linguistic "sustainability" by comparing linguistic situations in two geographically and politically divided Yupik communities with dissimilar degrees of language maintenance: the predominantly Russian-speaking village of Novoe Chaplino in the Russian Far East and the still bilingual (English-Yupik) village of Gambell on St. Lawrence Island in the United States. Addressing the question of sustainability from "within" - that is, looking at what "sustainability" looks like and how it works on the ground - the article discusses the place of language ideologies in this process, advocating for a move away from purists' conceptualisation of language to more experimental practices and "bilingual games.".

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftAnthropologica
Vol/bind59
Nummer1
Sider (fra-til)28-43
Antal sider16
ISSN0003-5459
StatusUdgivet - 2017

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