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A language vitality survey of Macuxi, Wapichana, and English in Serra da Lua, Roraima (Brazil)

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Title:A language vitality survey of Macuxi, Wapichana, and English in Serra da Lua, Roraima (Brazil)
Authors:Elango, Vidhya
Coutinho, Isabella
Lima, Suzi
Keywords:language assessment
language shift
language documentation
macuxi
wapichana
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Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Elango, Vidhya, Isabella Coutinho, and Suzi Lima. 2020. A language vitality survey of Macuxi, Wapichana, and English in Serra da Lua, Roraima (Brazil). In Silva, Wilson de Lima and Katherine J. Riestenberg. (Eds.) Collaborative Approaches to the Challenges of Language Documentation and Conservation: Selected papers from the 2018 Symposium on American Indian Languages (SAIL). Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication no. 20 [PP 123-151] Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
Abstract:Serra da Lua is a multilingual region in the state of Roraima (Brazil) where Macuxi (Carib), Wapichana (Arawak), Brazilian Portuguese and Guyanese English are all spoken. Based on a self-reported language survey we present an assessment of the vitality of the languages spoken in this region and the attitudes of the speakers to-wards these languages. While previous literature has reported the existence of English speakers in this region, the literature does not provide more details about domains of use and the attitudes towards the English language in contrast with Portuguese and the Indigenous languages. This paper helps to address this gap. In sum, the goals of this paper are twofold: first, in light of the results of the survey, to discuss the vitality of the Macuxi and Wapichana languages in the Serra da Lua communities according to the criteria set out by UNESCO’s “Nine Factors” for assessing language vitality; and second, to provide insight about the use of English in this region.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24936
ISBN:978-0-9973295-8-2
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Appears in Collections: LD&C Special Publication No. 20: Collaborative Approaches to the Challenges of Language Documentation and Conservation


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