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ERIC Number: EJ1072224
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1747-7506
"I'm Not Dead Yet": A Comparative Study of Indigenous Language Revitalization in the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey
Wilson, Gary N.; Johnson, Henry; Sallabank, Julia
Current Issues in Language Planning, v16 n3 p259-278 2015
At the outset of the twenty-first century, the survival of many minority and indigenous languages is threatened by globalization and the ubiquity of dominant languages such as English in the worlds of communication and commerce. In a number of cases, these negative trends are being resisted by grassroots activists and governments. Indeed, there are many examples of activists and governments working together in this manner to preserve and revitalize indigenous languages and cultures. Such coordinated efforts are vital to the success of language revitalization. This article compares the work of language activists and governments in three small island jurisdictions in the British Isles: the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. Comparison between these cases is greatly facilitated by similarities in their political, economic and demographic circumstances. The cases, however, reveal important differences in the way that activists and governments have responded to the challenges of language revitalization, as well as some interesting insights on the future prospects of the indigenous languages of these small island jurisdictions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Isle of Man; Jersey
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