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Language Nests and Language Acquisition: An Empirical Analysis.

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Title:Language Nests and Language Acquisition: An Empirical Analysis.
Authors:Okura, Eve K.
Contributors:Linguistics (department)
endangered languages
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language nests
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Date Issued:May 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:This dissertation presents the findings from interviews conducted with language nest
workers, teachers, language nest coordinators, administrators of language revitalization
programs, principals and directors of language immersion schools that work in close proximity
with language nests, and linguists involved in language revitalization efforts. The intent of this
research was to learn more about the situation of language nests in the world today. Interview
results included discovering answers to questions including but not limited to:
• What does it take to establish a language nest?
• What does it take to maintain one?
• What are some of the differences between language nests that continue and those that
collapse within a year or two?
• What resources do language nests have?
• How are language nests funded?
• How much does it cost to run a language nest?
• What are some of the challenges faced in running a language nest?
• What are the language backgrounds of language nest teachers?
• What advice do language nest workers have for communities considering starting a
language nest?
A second component of the dissertation research involved pilot studies to develop methods
for assessing children’s language acquisition in language nests. These assessments were
concerned with comprehension and production of basic vocabulary, basic coding strategies, and
language-specific morphosyntactic features. This dissertation was not intended to be an
acquisition study. Rather, it was intended to be a survey across language nest programs. This
dissertation addresses acquisition as a topic in relation to language nests, and how acquisition
studies at a language nest would fit into some of the extant literature.
Description:Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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