Books: Youth Culture, Language Endangerment and Linguistic Survivance: Wyman
Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby
Date: 03-Jul-2012 From: Elinor Robertson <marketingmultilingual-matters.com> Subject: Youth Culture, Language Endangerment and Linguistic Survivance: Wyman E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Youth Culture, Language Endangerment and Linguistic Survivance
Series Title: Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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.