ERIC Number: ED218017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
The Survival of Native American Languages.
Forbes, Jack D.
Bilingual Resources, v4 n2-3 p14-27 Win-Spr 1981
Before the white invasion, Native American peoples possessed an extremely rich and varied heritage with highly developed oral literatures, and constant development of new phrases, expressions, and patterns of pronunciation. Examples of Indian people's adeptness with language include: many learned to speak more than two languages fluently; development of sign language and systems of writing using symbols; and oral literature aided by carved, painted, or beaded symbols and passing on knowledge. Today, Native Americans concerned with self-determination and liberation have unfortunately neglected use and development of native languages. yet one cannot liberate a people while using a foreign language. Full development for a language in the modern world means that the language is used for every form of communication (radio and/or television broadcasting, books, films, newspapers and/or magazines, and billboards). Two basic problems of Native communication are native communicative-linguistic diversity, especially in North America, and Indian people speaking only English, Spanish, or Portuguese. The survival and practical use of a language depends on how many people speak a language. Approaches of finding one dialect to communicate among tribes, ways of developing a writing system for this dialect, and means of implementing the writing system are elaborated. (ERB)
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, Artificial Languages, Communication (Thought Transfer), Communications, Language Acquisition, Language Classification, Language Usage, Tribes, Written Language
Not available separately; see RC 013 380.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A