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Title Posséder le dena’ina : luttes autour de l’appropriation d’une langue autochtone en Alaska
Description:Open-access journal articles based on author's 2006 M.A. thesis.
English title: "Debating Dena’ina: Discursive struggles and language revitalization in Alaska"
This article examines how language, identity and territory are defined and connected in discourses of « language endangerment ». Drawing on fieldwork with learners of Dena’ina Athabascan, an Alaska Native Language, I propose that language, identity and territory are terrains for complex discursive struggles which may reveal how social relations are constructed and contested. I focus on the various actors, past and present, who have defined what counts as Dena’ina, and by extension which linguistic and social practices are deemed « legitimate » Dena’ina. I consider the ways in which the researcher, through their contributing discourses and engagements in the field, are equally implicated in discursive struggles and therefore in the (re)production of ideologies and relations of power.
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Citation Anthropologie et Sociétés, vol. 32, 2008, p. 26-34. (open access journal)
Contributors Bell, Lindsay (author)
Type Text
Subject Language(s) Dena'ina
LingType policy
Files: bell-2008-dena'ina.pdf

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