Native American Language Summary

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Bilger, B. (1994). Keeping our words. Sciences, 34(5), 18.
The author discusses a Linguists name Parker Mackenzie who has dedicated his life to Kiowa language. He continues to discuss other linguistics quests to save the dying Native American languages. The author brings up an interesting point of differences in saving the language. It is a quote from Leanne Hinton where he acknowledges that linguistics want to document the language and the tribes just want to have new speakers. This article is useful because it gives statistical facts about Native American languages in the past, talks about the effects of the Native American Language Act, and gives a good linguistic point of view.
McCarty, T. L., Nicholas, S. E., & Wyman, L. T. (2012). Re-emplacing Place in the “Global
Here and Now”—Critical Ethnographic Case Studies of Native American Language
Planning and Policy. International Multilingual Research Journal, 6(1), 50-63. doi:10.1080/19313152.2012.639244 In this article, the authors consider three different Native American Cultures, the Hopi, the Navajo, and the Yup’ki. The authors argue for the educators of the native languages and with different studies shows how hard of a process it is to keep the native language alive. They also show the immense pressures the school systems are under to conform to the
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He also analyzes at past research done by other linguistics who have studied Native American culture and language. The in-depth comparison of two Native American cultures, Haida and Tewa explain how the language assimilation occurs in their different communities. This article is useful because the author provides a well-written explanation of how SLA cannot work for the unique Native American Languages and further research that could be

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