Presentation Title

F-2 Choice and Motivation in Indigenous Language Revitalization

Presenter Information

Janet Blackwood, Andrews University

Presenter Status

Department of English

Location

Buller Room 250

Start Date

1-11-2013 3:15 PM

End Date

1-11-2013 3:30 PM

Presentation Abstract

There has been a considerable amount of research undertaken to explore the motivations for second language learning and the choices speakers make regarding language learning and use. However, this research has seldom extended to examining the motivations influencing language choices in contexts where an indigenous language is in danger of becoming extinct. Using data gathered from a larger study on language attitudes and practices, this presentation examines the language choices of members of a Bribri indigenous community in Costa Rica, the motivations which appear to influence these choices, and the implications of the study findings for current language revitalization efforts in Costa Rica.

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F-2 Choice and Motivation in Indigenous Language Revitalization

Buller Room 250

There has been a considerable amount of research undertaken to explore the motivations for second language learning and the choices speakers make regarding language learning and use. However, this research has seldom extended to examining the motivations influencing language choices in contexts where an indigenous language is in danger of becoming extinct. Using data gathered from a larger study on language attitudes and practices, this presentation examines the language choices of members of a Bribri indigenous community in Costa Rica, the motivations which appear to influence these choices, and the implications of the study findings for current language revitalization efforts in Costa Rica.