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ERIC Number: ED398758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Alaska Native Languages: Past, Present, and Future. Alaska Native Language Center Research Papers No. 4.
Krauss, Michael E.
Three papers (1978-80) written for the non-linguistic public about Alaska Native languages are combined here. The first is an introduction to the prehistory, history, present status, and future prospects of all Alaska Native languages, both Eskimo-Aleut and Athabaskan Indian. The second and third, presented as appendixes to the first, deal in greater depth with the future of all the languages and then with the past, present, and future of the Alaskan Indian languages. The main paper contains: a section devoted to Haida and Tsimshian; general prehistory of Eskimo-Aleut languages and of Athabaskan, Eyak, and Tlingit; notes on the present status of Tsimshian, Haida, and Tlingit, of Eyak, of the Athabaskan languages in general, of Aleut, and of Eskimo languages in general; and an overall assessment of the future for Alaska Native languages. The paper on the future of Alaska Native languages, looks at whether the future holds survival or extinction, the role of schools, bilingual education, and mass media in saving the languages, and community responsibility for cultural survival. The third paper, on Eskimo languages, discusses general status, government policy concerning language education and maintenance, and specific situations of Alutiiq, Central Alaskan Yupik, Siberian Yupik, and Inupiaq. (MSE)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Languages, Athapascan Languages, Bilingual Education, Diachronic Linguistics, Eskimo Aleut Languages, Futures (of Society), Geographic Distribution, Inupiaq, Language Maintenance, Language Planning, Language Role, Language Usage, Mass Media, Native Language Instruction, Public Policy, Regional Dialects, Uncommonly Taught Languages, Yupik
Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska, P.O. Box 757680, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7680.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Alaska Native Language Center.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska