LINGUIST List 32.792

Wed Mar 03 2021

Books: Remaking Kichwa: Wroblewski

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Date: 03-Mar-2021
From: Khadija Ahmed <>
Subject: Remaking Kichwa: Wroblewski
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Title: Remaking Kichwa
Subtitle: Language and Indigenous Pluralism in Amazonian Ecuador
Published: 2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)

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Author: Michael Wroblewski
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350115576 Pages: 216 Price: U.K. £ 76.50
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350115569 Pages: 216 Price: U.K. £ 76.50
Hardback: ISBN: 9781350115552 Pages: 216 Price: U.K. £ 85.00

Investigating the efforts of the Kichwa of Tena, Ecuador to reverse language shift to Spanish, this book examines the ways in which indigenous language can be revitalized and how creative bilingual forms of discourse can reshape the identities and futures of local populations. Based on deep ethnographic fieldwork among urban, periurban, and rural indigenous Kichwa communities, Michael Wroblewski explores adaptations to culture contact, language revitalization, and political mobilization through discourse.

Expanding the ethnographic picture of native Amazonians and their traditional discourse practices, this book focuses attention on Kichwas' diverse engagements with rural and urban ways of living, local and global ways of speaking, and indigenous and dominant intellectual traditions. Wroblewski reveals the composite nature of indigenous words and worlds through conversational interviews, oral history narratives, political speechmaking, and urban performance media, showing how discourse is a critical focal point for studying cultural adaptation. Highlighting how Kichwas assert autonomy through creative forms of self-representation, "Remaking Kichwa" moves the study of indigenous language into the globalized era and offers innovative reconsiderations of indigeneity, discourse, and identity.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis
Areal Regions: Amazonian

Written In: English (eng)

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