Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Applied Linguistics

First Advisor

Tucker Childs

Subjects

Mexicans -- Oregon -- Attitudes, Indigenous peoples -- Oregon -- Language, Language maintenance -- Oregon, Language attrition -- Oregon, Endangered languages

DOI

10.15760/honors.82

Abstract

Minority languages around the globe are losing speakers at an unprecedented rate. As researchers attend to the documentation and maintenance of these languages, one group residing within the United States remains largely overlooked: Indigenous Mexican migrants and immigrants. Because their languages lack support in both Mexico and the U.S., Spanish and English threaten to replace them within a few generations. Focusing on communities in Oregon, this paper assesses the attitudes of community members toward their languages to determine whether there is a precedent for pursuing a language maintenance project. Ethnographic scholarship on Indigenous Mexican migrant issues indicates their established civic, social, and cultural organizations as the optimal facilitators for this work. This paper suggests frameworks for community-based development and implementation of language maintenance programs.

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in University Honors and Applied Linguistics

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/12171

Thesis Presi.pptx (1951 kB)
PowerPoint Presentation, given at PSU Student Research Symposium, 2014

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