Society for Linguistic Anthropology
Oral Presentation Session
This presentation presents Indigenous theories on language revitalization that were developed at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo by Tlingit, Mohawk, and Chamorro doctoral students who worked with non-Indigenous linguists. Central to these theories is a need to identify and control aspects of colonialism that dictate human thought in colonial societies and institutions, and to ensure that space is created and protected for ancestral voices, current speakers, new speakers, and future generations (Twitchell 2018). The topics in this presentation include The Discord of Violent Separations, Best Practices for Language Revitalization, Language Planning & Policy, Instigating Cultural Shift, Visualizing Holistic Language Movements, Metacognition in Language Revitalization Movements, and Cherishing Our Ancestors, Ourselves, Our Grandchildren.