This site is for members and friends of endangered language communities,
with an emphasis on Native American languages. Please send suggestions
to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The importance of stabilizing endangered languages is analogous to
preserving the biodiversity of plant and animal species which supply
medicines, foods, and the sustainability of ecologies." - Turtle
Island Native Network
Aboriginal Language Planning: A Guide for Community
Activists. Focuses on Canada and BC, but has much information
relevant to all endangered languages." For many years, parents and
educators were told that education in an Aboriginal language
would be detrimental to children's social and intellectual development,
and that it would 'hold them back.' As linguists and specialists in
bilingual or multilingual education now know, the opposite is
Native American Languages Act of 1990 declares it a federal policy
to "preserve, protect, and promote the rights and freedom of Native Americans
to use, practice, and develop Native American languages", and provides
about $2 million per year in funding.
Revitalizing Indigenous Languages discusses "opportunities
and obstacles faced by language revitalization efforts, programs
and models for promoting indigenous languages, the role of writing
in indigenous language renewal, and how new technology is being
used to compile indigenous language dictionaries, publish indigenous
language materials, and link together dispersed language communities."
Languages presents "experiences and thoughts
of indigenous language activists who are working in
the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Mexico."
Endangered-Languages-L Forum "provides a world-wide communications
vehicle and a central electronic archive for anyone working on or
interested in the study and documentation of endangered languages."