Detailing a decade of life and language use in a remote Alaskan Yup’ik
community, "Youth Culture, Language Endangerment and Linguistic Survivance"
provides rare insight into young people's language brokering and Indigenous
people's contemporary linguistic ecologies. This book examines how two
consecutive groups of youth in a Yup’ik village negotiated eroding heritage
language learning resources, changing language ideologies, and gendered
subsistence practices while transforming community language use over time.
Wyman shows how villagers used specific Yup’ik forms, genres, and discourse
practices to foster learning in and out of school, underscoring the stakes
of language endangerment. At the same time, by demonstrating how the youth
and adults in the study used multiple languages, literacies and
translanguaging to sustain a unique subarctic way of life, Wyman
illuminates Indigenous peoples’ wide-ranging forms of linguistic survivance
in an interconnected world.