Introduction: Ecological Metaphors, Minority Voices, and Language Education in the Kumaun

  • Cynthia Groff
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities book series (PSMLC)

Abstract

This chapter introduces the ethnographic study presented in the book, including its conceptual foundations and goals. The ecology of language metaphor is situated in its developing literature base, highlighting the importance of human agency and the connection between language policy and language ideology. A thorough description of the relationships among languages and their social environment in a given context, reflecting an ecological perspective, involves attention to the agency of local actors and the policies, discourse, and ideologies that surround them. Conceptual influences from educational anthropology, sociolinguistics, and development studies are presented, including the continua of biliteracy, language ideology, language planning and policy, the disinvention of language, the valuing of minority voices, as well as the language and education situation relevant to linguistic minorities in India.

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  • Cynthia Groff
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  1. 1.Leiden UniversityThe HagueThe Netherlands

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