First Advisor

Tucker Childs

Date of Award


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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Applied Linguistics and University Honors


Applied Linguistics


Chinook jargon -- Revival -- Public opinion, Endangered languages -- Pacific Northwest, Language revival -- Pacific Northwest




Chinuk Wawa is a language indigenous to the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Despite its status as an endangered language, Chinuk Wawa is being actively revitalized and developing more speakers as the initiative continues. The purpose of this inquiry is to demonstrate the complexity of language ideologies held in the Chinuk Wawa revitalization community, in particular that of young women (18-30 years old), whose participation is vital to the revitalization effort. This study revealed several themes in the language ideology of these Chinuk Wawa users: identity, authenticity, and responsibility. Identifying these themes contributes to further understanding the language’s prospects and encourages further research on language ideology within the Chinuk Wawa community.


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