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The Role of Input in Language Revitalization: The Case of Lexical Development

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Item Summary O’Grady, William Heaton, Raina Bulalang, Sharon King, Jeanette 2021-10-06T02:13:51Z 2021-10-06T02:13:51Z 2021-10
dc.identifier.citation O'Grady, William, Raina Heaton, Sharon Bulalang, Jeanette King. 2021. The Role of Input in Language Revitalization: The Case of Lexical Development. Language Documentation & Conservation 15: 433-457.
dc.description.abstract Immersion programs have long been considered the gold standard for school-based language revitalization, but surprisingly little attention has been paid to the quantity and quality of the input that they provide to young language learners. Drawing on new data from three such programs (Kaqchikel, Western Subanon, and Māori), each with its own particular motivation, objectives, and pedagogical practices, we examine a key component of this revitalization strategy, namely the amount and type of lexical input that children receive. Our findings include previously unknown facts about the number of words that children in these programs hear per hour, the ratio of word tokens to word types, and the skewed frequency distribution of the particular words that make up the input. We discuss our findings with reference both to comparable measures for first language acquisition in a home setting and to their relevance for pedagogical strategies in the classroom.
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.format.extent 25 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
dc.subject Immersion method (Language teaching)
dc.subject Maori language
dc.subject Western Subanon dialect
dc.subject Cakchikel language
dc.title The Role of Input in Language Revitalization: The Case of Lexical Development
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doi ISSN 1934-5275
prism.publicationname Language Documentation & Conservation
prism.volume 15
prism.startingpage 433
prism.endingpage 457
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