A Conversation on Language Revitalization in Stockholm University

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 19:45

When? March 9th, 10.00-12.00.

Where? Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsal University (Plan 1, Hus 4, Engelska Parken).

What?  'Bringing our Languages Home': A Conversation on Language Revitalization with Leanne Hinton and Nancy Steele

Language revitalization is the process of rejuvenating a language that is in decline, or may not have been spoken for decades, even centuries. In an age of widespread pessimism about the prospects for sustaining cultural and linguistic diversity, and even of seemingly growing fear of difference, the practice of language revitalization provides a bright spot of hope, that the future will not necessarily be one dominated by a mere handful of languages and cultures, but rather one where tolerance is a necessity because diversity is a reality. Nancy Steele and Leanne Hinton have been at the forefront of revitalizing Native American languages in California for decades, and more recently, have become prominent spokespeople for a global movement connecting indigenous and minority peoples from around the world in efforts to share their struggles, hopes, and achievements of undertaking the difficult work of revitalization. Leanne and Nancy will lead an informal, engaging discussion on language endangerment and revitalization that will be of interest not only to linguists, but to anyone who wants to learn about the achievements of indigenous and minority peoples in taking back what has been denied them by colonization, modernization, and nation-state building.

Places at the talk will be limited. If you wish to attend, please contact Gerald Roche: Gerald.Roche@valentin.uu.se.