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This paper examines efforts to reverse language shift in two indigenous communities in southern Ecuador. The ongoing decline and rapid pace of extinction of many of the world's languages have received increasing amounts of attention, but while processes of language loss and extinction have been extensively studied, relatively little work of similar scope and detail has addressed the processes and prospects for language revitalization. Findings are presented from ethnographic work investigating language use, language attitudes, and language instruction in two Andean communities that are attempting to revitalize their once native Quechua. Results indicate that for different reasons, in neither community is Quechua transmission occurring successfully, and reveal how and why communities that are socially, economically, and culturally secure are most likely to be supportive of and participate in language revitalization efforts. (MSE)

Descriptors: Cultural Context, Diachronic Linguistics, Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Language Attitudes, Language Maintenance, Language Planning, Native Language Instruction, Quechua, Uncommonly Taught Languages

Author: King, Kendall A.


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