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ERIC Number: EJ973075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1568-4555
Creating Official Language Policy from Local Practice: The Example of the Native American Languages Act 1990/1992
Warhol, Larisa
Language Policy, v11 n3 p235-252 Aug 2012
This research explores the development of landmark federal language policy in the United States: the Native American Languages Act of 1990/1992 (NALA). Overturning more than two centuries of United States American Indian policy, NALA established the federal role in preserving and protecting Native American languages. Indigenous languages in the United States are currently experiencing unprecedented language shift and NALA is a primary federal resource for Native American language programs. This research examines the local and national contexts and interests in which NALA developed from a grass-roots Native American language movement in the 1980s. The story of NALA stands as a powerful example of traditionally disenfranchised peoples transforming power relationships and creating language policy to support their language education practices and goals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States