ERIC Number: EJ1129153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Displacement and Revitalization of the Nahuatl Language in the High Mountains of Veracruz, Mexico
Sandoval Arenas, Carlos O.
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v16 n1 p66-81 Feb 2017
This article focuses on language displacement in the High Mountains of Central Veracruz. It begins by presenting a brief historical account of the Nahuatl presence in the region in order to distinguish this group from other Nahuatl-speaking groups. Later, it describes the situation of language loss that is currently underway and argues that the gains of the indigenous movement in the last two decades, such as the intercultural system of education, have not translated into a process of language revitalization. It focuses on the lower linguistic status of Nahuatl in the region as a key factor in language displacement, caused by (a) a hierarchical value system associated with different language domains, (b) the absence of Nahuatl in educational spaces, and (c) the current low vitality of Nahuatl. The article concludes with some actions being taken at the Intercultural University of Veracruz to address the deep causes of language displacement.
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, Language Maintenance, Language Attitudes, Universities, Foreign Countries, Geographic Regions, History, Language Skill Attrition, Multicultural Education, American Indians, Spanish, Social Status, Language of Instruction, Bilingualism, Native Language Instruction, Literacy Education, Periodicals, Poetry, Guidelines, Academic Discourse, Writing (Composition), Program Descriptions, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico
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