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ERIC Number: EJ936324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0161-6463
On Leaking Languages and Categorical Imperatives
Deloria, Philip J.
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, v35 n2 p173-182 2011
This commentary reflects on the articles included in this special issue of "American Indian Culture and Research Journal" that develop the theme of "American Indian languages in unexpected places" inspired by "Indians in Unexpected Places." The articles develop two related concerns: first, American Indian linguistic practices have been consistently imagined by non-Indians in ways that function to the detriment of Indian desires for justice, recognition, and power. Second, American Indian people have lived lives through complex linguistic engagements that stand in contradistinction to those non-Indian imaginings. In conclusion, looking back at the goals of "Indians in Unexpected Places," "expectation," "anomaly," and "unexpectedness" aimed to create a kind of tool, a working vocabulary that could move research further into the complicated dynamics of culture and power. The papers in this volume accomplish that goal. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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