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ERIC Number: EJ937151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1550-7076
"The Tongue of Pangcah and of Savages Are the Same": Language Ideology in a Multilingual Aboriginal Village in Taiwan
Chang, Ya-ling
Heritage Language Journal, v8 n2 p17-43 Sum 2011
This study examines incongruent languages ideologies as they exist among parents, grandparents and community members of Taiwan's aboriginal Pangcah people. The language ideologies of the villagers function as language policy that informs their decisions in favor of transmitting or abandoning their linguistic heritage. Taking a critical perspective on the study of language maintenance and shift, an ethnographic/discourse analytic approach to language ideologies is applied. The main insight gained from this study of ideological contention is that there are various language ideologies indexing speakers' linguistic value. Within the ideologies of valuing and devaluing, Pangcah incorporates the hybridity of stigmatized and assimilated identities under the macrohistorical colonial processes. As a response to increasing economic pressure, the Pangcah identity with language and culture have shifted to the state and dominant languages of Mandarin and Southern Min. Consequently, efforts to maintain and learn Pangcah have diminished, making the ideology of valuing the dominant code correspondingly more successful and common. (Contains 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan