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Learning a New Routine: Kaska Language Development and the Convergence of Styles

  • Barbra A. Meek
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities book series (PSMLC)

Abstract

Meek addresses the complexities of learning an endangered language in the classroom and beyond. Using the case of Kaska, an Athabaskan language spoken by approximately 300 people, she shows how an aboriginal-focused curriculum can facilitate the remediation of a history of institutional oppression experienced by aboriginal and other indigenous groups. To enhance the impact of an aboriginal orientation, she argues that a mixed methods approach is necessary for language planning, including ethnographic and experimental techniques. Her methods reveal that ideologies and norms influence Kaska language learning in both expected and unexpected ways.

Keywords

Kaska Language revitalization Classroom language practices Family language practices Canada 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbra A. Meek
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  1. 1.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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