LINGUIST List 21.4169

Wed Oct 20 2010

Qs: United States: Indigenous Language among Immigrant Communities

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        1.     Ricard Vinas-de-Puig , United States: Indigenous Language among Immigrant Communities

Message 1: United States: Indigenous Language among Immigrant Communities
Date: 14-Oct-2010
From: Ricard Vinas-de-Puig <>
Subject: United States: Indigenous Language among Immigrant Communities
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I am currently working on the documentation and promotion of LatinAmerican indigenous languages among the Hispanic immigrantpopulation in Eastern North Carolina and I would like to get in touchwith linguists and language activists who have worked or are currentlyworking on similar issues in other regions in the United States. Theidea is to develop synergies between faculty, language and socialactivists, and community members, and to share information,resources, and practices.

I have had difficulty finding resources, although there are some articlesand other materials available that I have been able to consult:

Burke, Garance. 2002. 'Yucatecos and Chiapanecos in San Francisco:Indigenous Immigrants Form Communities and enter a declining labormarket'. Paper presented at Indigenous Mexican Migrants in the US:Building Bridges between Researchers and Community Leaders. SantaCruz, CA. October 11th-12th.

Fox, Jonathan. 2004. 'Reframing Mexican Migration as a Multi-EthnicProcess'. Ms. University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.

Hornberger, Nancy H. 1998. 'Language policy, language education,language rights: Indigenous, immigrant, and international perspectives'.Language in Society, 27, 439–458.

Menjivar, Cecilia. 2002. 'Living in two worlds? Guatemalan-originchildren in the United States and emerging transnationalism'. Journal ofEthnic and Migration Studies, 28, 3, 531-552.

Other resource recommendations would be appreciated and I aminterested in anything related to the documentation and promotion ofthese languages. I am also interested in other phenomena, from thetype of research approach to more linguistic theory-related issues.

Beside looking for resources, I mostly want to establish contact withpeople currently working on documentation and promotion projects inthe United States.

Thanks in advance for all the information and insights.


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