First Advisor

Tucker Childs

Date of Award


Document Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

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


Applied Linguistics


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




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.


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