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Can Schools Save Indigenous Languages?

Policy and Practice on Four Continents

  • Nancy H. Hornberger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction: Can Schools Save Indigenous Languages? Policy and Practice on Four Continents

  3. Case Studies on Four Continents

  4. Commentaries: International Perspectives on the Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu
      Pages 136-151
    3. Bernard Spolsky
      Pages 152-160
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 180-182

About this book


This volume offers a close look at four cases of indigenous language revitalization: Maori in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Saami in Scandinavia, Hñähñö in Mexico and Quechua and other indigenous languages in Latin America. Essays by experts from each case are in turn discussed in international perspective by four counterpart experts.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nancy H. Hornberger
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PennsylvaniaUSA

About the editors

RICHARD HILL Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Waikato, New Zealand VUOKKO HIRVONEN Associate Professor at the Saami University College in Guovdageaidnu, Norway LEENA HUSS Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Multiethnic Research at Uppsala University, Sweden NKONKO M. KAMWANGAMALU Professor of Linguistics and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English, Howard University, Washington DC, USA LUIS ENRIQUE LÓPEZ Principal Advisor to the Program in Bilingual Intercultural Education for the Andean Region with headquarters at the University of San Simón in Cochabamba, Bolivia STEPHEN MAY Professor of Education in the School of Critical Studies in Education, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand and a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol, UK TERESA L. MCCARTY Alice Wiley Snell Professor of Education Policy Studies at Arizona State University, USA NICANOR REBOLLEDO RECENDIZ Professor at the National Pedagogical University, in the Department of Bilingual Intercultural Education, Mexico BERNARD SPOLSKY Professor Emeritus of English at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where he was also founding director of the Language Policy Research Centre

Bibliographic information


' The book is a must for anyone interested in the revival of indigenous languages.' Birgit Brock-Utne, Compare

' highly interesting and well integrated chapters delighted me with qualitative details and gems of wisdom ' Carol Benson, Language Policy