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Shah, Sheena and Brenzinger, Matthias (2018) 'The Role of Teaching in Language Revival and Revitalization Movements.' Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 38. pp. 201-208.

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Teaching is the main or even only way to pass on ancestral languages when intergenerational language transmission no longer takes place. The main reason for the interruption of natural language transmission is an increasing weakening of community bonds due to intermarriage, migration, and mobility. The formal or informal teaching of ancestral languages is therefore at the core of language revival and language revitalization movements. The article reviews favorable conditions and supportive factors for the teaching of ancestral languages from different parts of the world, and highlights the important role of dedicated community members in these endeavors.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
ISSN: 02671905
Copyright Statement: This article has been published in a revised form in Annual Review of Applied Linguistics This version is published under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND. No commercial re-distribution or re-use allowed. Derivative works cannot be distributed. © Cambridge University Press 2018
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Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2021 10:57

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