Language Loss and Language Revitalization: A Lakota Perspective

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There are not only clearly defined borders between neighboring states and nations, but also less demarcated borders, both political and cultural, within particular countries; Native American reservations in the United States being a representative example. Drawing on the experience of the Lakota people, one of the most populous North American indigenous groups, the present contribution attempts to inform about the importance of languages for keeping the identity and integrity of nations in multiethnic regions. First, the paper discusses the issue of global language loss. Second, it presents the most recent news regarding Lakota language revitalization project. Third, it outlines some benefits of language revitalizations and mother tongue transmissions. In place of a conclusion, there is a summary of strategies for successful language renewal.


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