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1 Indigenous LanguagesBy Bianca Castro, Emma Elliott, Chika Hosoda, Jas Hundal, and Hanisha UmeriaAreas covered:North America (California, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona)MexicoSouth America (Peru, Paraguay, Bolivia)Japan
2 What is an Indigenous Language? A language that is native to the region and spoken by the indigenous people (original inhabitants) in the area.Has been reduced to the status of a minority language.May not be recognised as a national language and may have fallen out of use due to language death.
6 CaliforniaNearly 100 different languages spoken in 1800 but less than 50 by 1994.Official language of California has been English since 1986No Californian Indian language is being learned as the primary language of the household.Even those who know the languages rarely use them.No new speakers = language death. When the elders die, the language will die with them.
8 Language Action in California Though they’re not being learned natively, many young people around the state are trying to learn them as second languages.Many feel the loss of language is a loss of personal history and a loss of identity.Forming tribal language committees, school programs, evening language classes.Audio and video-taping elders
9 ProblemsBasic problem: no longer the main language of any household so children are not learning natively.Controversial nature of the task of preserving the languages: many people believe it keeps the indigenous population from assimilating to ‘mainstream’ American culture.Various authorities criticise, ridicule or just ignore many attempts to preserve languages.Not sufficient funding or hours of school-time made available to help the language learning process.
10 (fluent speakers / includes non fluent or second-language speakers) Cocopa: 150 / 400 (introductory college course at nearby college, summer youth program with language retention activitiesKaruk: 10 / 60 (writing systems taught in some school programs, has many singers)Cahuilla: 20 / 50 (individual efforts only)
11 ReferencesHinton, L (1994), Flutes of Fire: Essays on Californian Languages, Heyday Books, California
13 NavajoNative language spoken in New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. The Navajo Nation is the largest reservation in the United States, covering 27,673 square miles.
14 The Navajos have a population of over 200,000 people, making their tribe the largest Native American tribe in the United States. (178,000 speakers of Navajo recorded in the 2000 Census)The Navajo people maintain many of their ancestors' beliefs and traditions. They strive to continue speaking their challenging Navajo language, although many Navajos also speak English.Most fluent native speakers of Navajo are not literate in the language and for most Navajos who have had some schooling, English has been the only language promoted by the various school systems on the Navajo Nation during their lifetimes.
15 There were various missionary schools that were set up around North America which allowed native languages to be used as a media of instruction and religious conversation. Allowing for the development of individual writing systems for these Native Americans.But Western European policies of expedient tolerance toward Native languages changed after the American Revolution as the new federal govt turned its attention to ‘pacifying’ Native peoples in their pursuit for their lands. As a result, Congress passed the 1819 Civilization Fund Act to support missionary schooling.But by the late 19th Century, one of the primary tools to build the pathway for Anglo-European settlement were federal schools. Therefore although in mission schools the practice of teaching through the medium of native languages was possible and encouraged, in federal schools rules were strictly enforced to not allow the speaking of Indigenous languages.
16 Over the next few decades, BIA came under intense criticism for these practices, which lead to officials loosening the prohibitions against Native American languages.One unintended consequence of the boarding school system was the start of a relationship between the Native peoples from various tribes, including the Navajo, who grew up together in these schools and who in the context of the 1960s American Indian and civil rights movements, pushed for tribal sovereignity and educational reform.
18 ConclusionAll Native American languages are endangered, as Native children have become increasingly more socialised in English.The causes of this are complex and the consequences severe, because unlike other speech communities they don’t have the external source of speakers to replenish their numbers.“The loss of the indigenous language is terminal: language death” WARNER 1999:72Therefore due this predicament, language revitalization is a significant goal in Native American communities throughout the USASchooling among other mediums therefore remains a crucial area for the exercise of tribal sovereignity and self-determination.
19 SourcesCensus 2000K. Potowski ‘Language Diveristy in the USA’ 2010
21 Mexico Spanish = official language spoken by Mexican people However = not defined as the official language by legislationThe country is defined as multicultural & allows the right to indigenous peoples to preserve and enrich their languages as well as promoting bilingual and intercultural education.
22 General Law of Linguistic Rights of Indigenous Peoples This law recognizes the Mexico’s history makes its indigenous languages national languages.these language = Same validity of Spanish in their territory, location and context.However, legislators made no provisions for the official or legal status of the Spanish Language.SO, indigenous peoples can use their native language in communicating with government officials and request official documents in that language.
23 The Mexican state supports the preservations and promotion of the use of the national languages through the activities of the national institute of indigenous languages.
24 Statistics Mexico = 6 Million indigenous speakers Only a small percent of Mexico's population speaks an indigenous language compared to other countries in America:Guatemala = 42.8%Peru = 35%Ecuador = 9.4%Panama = 8.3%
25 FactThe only single indigenous language spoken by more than a million people in Mexico is the Nahuatl languages and other Native American languages with a large population of native speakers which are inclusive of:QuechaAymaraGuaraniMayan (Only some)
27 A little background information on South America South America is one of the most linguistically diverse places in the world.There are approximately 350 living languagesOver 100 languages are unclassified by the governments of South AmericaSouth America encompasses 43% of the world’s 249 independent linguistic stockThe majority of indigenous languages in South America are endangered
28 Focus: Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru Official LanguageSpanish, Quechua, Centra AymaraParaguayan Guaraní, SpanishSpanish*Number of individual languages4722104Number of Living Languages372092Number of languages that are a 2nd language1Number of languages with no known speakers7122nd language: no mother tongue speakers
29 Bolivia: QuechuaConsidered an official language but not regulated (as Spanish is)35% of the population speak a form of QuechuaAlso spoken in Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina by approximately 8 million peopleSouthern Quechua is the most widely spoken indigenous language with 6 – 7 million speakersThere are as many as 40 Quechuan languages spoken natively
31 Bolivia: Quechua’s indigenous people Only very recently have the speakers of Quechua (who vary in accordance with the language) developed some form of common sense of political identityHighland Aymara and Quechua make up the majority of Bolivia’s indigenous people and the highland Bolivian populationThe Popular Participation Law (1994) meant that more Quechua people are becoming more active in local and national politics
32 Bolivia: Quechua’s Language Rights Advances have been made (by & for indigenous people) to include constitutional recognition, popular participation, bilingual education and greater parliamentary representationBolivia now has a Constituent Assembly rather than a traditional parliament which includes a large number of indigenous representativesThe Bolivian National Education Reform (1994) aims for an introduction of all 30 of Bolivia’s indigenous languages including Spanish as subjects and sources in all Bolivian schools
33 Paraguay: GuaraníGuaraní is an official language (since 1992) in Paraguay and is spoken by approximately 90% of the populationSpoken by approximately 4.6 million people in Paraguay (small communities of speakers in Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina)A lot of Spanish vocabulary diffused into GuaraníSpanish is used for formal and official situations and Guaraní in private and informal settingsGuaraní is part of the Tupí-Guaraní language family
34 Paraguay: Guaraní’s indigenous people Guaraní was considered a language spoken by only lower class citizens and people from the countryMany of Paraguay’s indigenous population do not have the legal title to their traditional territories; the state does not protect them against the actions of corporate landowners or other non-indigenous ranchers and farmersThere is no outright discrimination against indigenous people in Paraguayan legislation but access to health services and education is a major problemIndigenous people suffer the highest infant mortality rate in the country and have the highest rate of tuberculosis and malaria
35 Paraguay: Guaraní’s Language Rights In 1992 an educational reform made it compulsory for classes to be taught in both Guaraní and SpanishConstitution of 1992 recognised: Paraguay as a ‘pluri-cultural’ and ‘bilingual’ nation; the state’s duty to protect and provide legal title to indigenous communal lands; and acknowledged the validity of customary lawThe 1992 constitution did not specify indigenous rights in terms of health and educationGovernments have, in general, failed to transform official discourses of multiculturalism into practical reforms.
36 Peru: AymaraAymara has around 2.2 million speakers spread across Bolivia and Peru (where it is classified as an official language), Chile and ArgentinaOfficial language in Peru is Spanish and in the areas in which they are dominant, Aymara, Quechua and othersThey had no written language, but under the influence of the Spanish adopted the Latin alphabet.Many different spelling systems have been devised but in 1985 the Peruvian government introduced a new spelling system known as the Aymara Official alphabet
38 Peru: Aymara’s indigenous people Many Aymara live in poverty in rural areasThe Aymara faced great hardships under the Spanish invasion during the 1500s; millions died working as labourers in the minesMany Aymara are subsistence farmers in the high altitude environment where they live; limits the types of crops grownThe Aymara have also recently entered the political world in Bolivia and have elected senators and representatives to the Bolivian congress
39 Peru: Aymara’s Language Rights Peruvian government recently create a multicultural state institution (Instituto Nacional de Desarrollo de los Pueblos Andinos, Amazónicas y Afro-Peruanos (INDEPA) which includes Aymara and yechua representatives; however it has not made any legislative or constitutional changesLand rights are a major issue and demand if indigenous organisations in Peru but no revisions have been made to the policy of removal of the inalienability and indivisibility of indigenous communal lands
40 Some References http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=PE Hornberger, Nancy H. Language policy, language education, language rights: Indigenous, immigrant, and international perspectives (1998)
42 -Population : 23,782 people Lived by hunting and gathering Had distinctive culture and life style.Colonized by Japanese.
43 Japan’s nation building and Ainu -Meiji Restoration 1868Meiji government was established with central power.-Colonial policy towards Ainu---Hokkaido Development Policy.increased control on land by state: Ainu losttheir traditional land rights.---massive immigration of Japanese people intoHokkaido-JP government enforced assimilation policy.Ainu became minority and subjugated.
44 Assimilation Policy forced agriculture with allocated land. -Former Aborigines Protection Act 1899.forced agriculture with allocated land.school is established for Ainu.Ainu language was banned at school.--Ainu culture including religion, life style,and language are disrupted.--Ainu language became nearly extinct.Schools established for Ainu were discriminatory.Ainu children were taught to be “Japanese” not Ainu.Ainu language was not taught but banned at school.Ainu failed to cultivate the allocated land as agriculture is not fundamental part of their life
45 Present recognition of Ainu Ainu New Law 1997Article 1: recognize Ainu as distinctive ethnic group and respect their pride.Promote Ainu culture in Japanese society.Foundation for Research and Promotion of Ainu CulturePromoting Ainu tradition &historyEfforts to revitalize Ainu languageAinu radio programsCourses for learners of AinuRole as a ritual language in ceremonyNon-Ainu also promote Ainu language revitalizationonline:http://www2.plala.or.jp/mosir/Radio program and text books
46 REFERENCESChiisana Ainu Kyousitsu <http://www2.plala.or.jp/mosir/aynu.html>DeChicchis, Joseph “The Current State of the Ainu Language.” Mutilingual Japan. Ed. Maher, John C and Yahiro Kyoko. Clevedon: Mutilingual MatterFoundation for Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture. <http://www.frpac.or.jp/>Gottlieb, Nanette Language and Society in Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Ogawa, Masahito “The Hokkaido Former Aborigines Protection Act and Assimilatory Education.” Indigenous Minorities and Education. Ed. Loos, Noel and Osanai Takeshi. Otowa: Sanyusha Publishing.And, individuals efforts.