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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: Community Participation in Bilingual Education: The Puerto Rican community of East Harlem Add Dissertation
Author: Alicia Pousada Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Pennsylvania, Educational Linguistics program, Graduate School of Education
Completed in: 1984
Linguistic Subfield(s): Sociolinguistics; Anthropological Linguistics;
Subject Language(s): English
Director(s): Dell Hymes
Shirley Heath
John Larkin
David Smith

Abstract: This study, carried out between 1979 and 1983, sought to fill part of the gap in information on community participation in bilingual programs by investigating participation in two contrasting programs serving the Puerto Rican community of East Harlem in New York City. A variety of research methods were employed within an essentially ethnographic framework, including participant observation, informal and formal interviews, written qustionnaires, unobtrustive measures, and examination of school and other documents.

The study was directed toward ascertaining the level and nature of participation in the bilingual programs and its effect upon the planning and implementation of the programs. A larger purpose was to amass data with which to contribute to the forging of a language education policy for the Puerto Rican population in New York City.