What Counts as “Success” in Language Revitalization?

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We are delighted to confirm that Leanne Hinton will visit Vancouver next week through the new Future Speakers lecture series supported by the Dean of Arts. Dr Hinton is Professor Emerita at the Department of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley and a celebrated scholar of—and advocate for—endangered and Indigenous languages.

At 11:30am on Thursday 22 October, in the Lillooet Room (301) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Dr Hinton will deliver a public lecture entitled “What Counts as “Success” in Language Revitalization?

We invite you to join us for what we know will be an exciting talk and a free lunch to follow, and we’d be grateful if you could help spread the word about this event through your networks on campus and in the community. More details can be found below.

For the event poster, click here.


What counts as “Success” in Language Revitalization?
A Public Lecture by Leanne Hinton 
(Professor Emerita, Department of Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley & Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival)

Abstract

Journalists, grant givers and an interested public often ask which language revitalization programs and strategies have been successful. But “language revitalization” is a broad term that can include many different possible goals, and “success” is a point of view rather than a concrete fact. This paper is a result of conversations with Indigenous language activists as to what they view as success (or failure) in language revitalization for themselves and their communities. These conversations lead to the observation that what counts as success is diverse, individualistic, and transitory, since one event perceived as a success immediately leads to changing goals, strategies, and viewpoints. Nor can “success” be seen as an endpoint of effort, since language revitalization is an unending process—the effort must never stop, in a land where another language is the dominant and dominating tongue.

Speaker Bio

Leanne Hinton specializes in endangered languages and is an advocate and practicing trainer in the field of language revitalization. Hinton has helped found several organizations for language revitalization, and has helped design several widely-used revitalization programs and strategies. She has written and edited numerous books and articles on language revitalization, and has won several awards for her work.

Location & Timing

11:30am-1:00pm, Thursday, October 22, 2015
Lillooet Room (301)
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
1961 East Mall

Dr. Hinton’s lecture will begin at 12 noon, with refreshments served from 11:30am onward. A lunch catered by Salishan Catering from Musqueam will be held following the event at 1pm that we hope you will be able to attend!


The Museum of Anthropology, the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program, the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, the Department of Linguistics, and the Department of Anthropology present a new lecture series supported by the Dean of Arts, and in partnership with the First Nations House of Learning and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, to spark a conversation about the futures of Indigenous languages in the 21st century.

Future Speakers” highlights both the struggles and the successes of Indigenous language revitalization and looks to a future where these languages are not only spoken, but thrive. The Museum of Anthropology, the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program, the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, the Department of Linguistics, and the Department of Anthropology present a new lecture series supported by the Dean of Arts, and in partnership with the First Nations House of Learning and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, to spark a conversation about the futures of Indigenous languages in the 21st century.