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Title: Endangered Languages and their Literatures
Edited By: R. McKenna Brown

Endangered Languages and Their Literatures
R. McKenna Brown

1. Strategies and Resources
Joel Sherzer (Keynote Address: AILLA: Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America)
The Pedagogical and Linguistic Issues Involved in Production of EL
Materials: A Case Study of Nawat
Monica Ward
A Tarahumara-English Computational Semantic Lexicon
J.E. Lonergan

2. Orthographies
To the Letter: A Microanalysis of Currently Contested Graphemes in the Maya of Yucatan
Michal Brody
I Can't Read That Way of Writing:Linguistic and Indigenous
Systems Clash in the Apache Language Revitalization Movement
Pamela Innes

3. Proverbs, Metaphor and Poetics
Re-Kindling Interest in an Endangered Language: A Way Forward for
Chiroke Asogwa
If You Play With Fire: Literary Production in Jicarilla Apache
Jule Gomez de Garcia, Melissa Axelrod, and Jordan Lachler
Cognitive Metaphor in Language Revitalization
Jocelyn Ahlers

4. Endangered Languages Literatures and Education
Literatures for the Semi-Literate: Issues for Emerging Literacies in the Kimberly Region of North-Western Australia
Joseph Blythe & Frances Kofod
The Role of Educators as Biological, Cultural, and Language
Exterminators: Teaching for Creativity, Measuring for Conformity

Norman Thomson Jepkorir Chepyator-Thomson

5. Strategies: Case Studies
Using Storytelling in Schools to Preserve Endangered Languages
Alexis Lopez
On the Steps of Memory: Theater Anthropology as an Instrument for
Cultural and Linguistic Revitalization in Indigenous Communities of the Colombian Amazon
Giovanna Micarelli Hernán Gomez
Languages Worth Writing: Endangered Languages of Nepal
Mary Morgan & Deepa Gurung

6. Oral Literatures: Collection
La experiencia de recopilar el conocimiento Kuna
V. Perez Rivera (I. Kungiler)
The Symbolic Value of Oral Literature for the Revitalization of
David R. Margolin, Marcela Carñas, Suyapa Dilworth, and Carmen

7. Oral Literatures: Diffusion
The Blossoming of Our Ancestors' Words: Oral Tradition Collected and Published by Mayan Students
Andrew E. Liebermann Jacinto de Paz Perez
Strategies for Promoting Endangered Language Literatures Outside
Their Local Communities
Nadine Grimm & Laura Martin

8. Mayan Literature
Bajo la montana: Women's Stories of la violencia
Janferie Stone
Maya Poetics: Renaissance in Continuity 133
Maria Luz Garcia
A Tissue of Lies: History versus Myth in the Nature of Time
Christopher Hadfield

Foundation for Endangered Languages: Manifesto

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Foundation for Endangered Languages
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Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0953824845
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 156
Prices: 18 pounds sterling ($30 US)