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Language, Politics, and Social Interaction in an Inuit Community (Hardcover)

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Since the early 1970s, the Inuit of Arctic Quebec have struggled to survive economically and culturally in a rapidly changing northern environment. The promotion and maintenance of Inuktitut, their native language, through language policy and Inuit control over institutions, have played a major role in this struggle. Language, Politics, and Social Interaction in an Inuit Community is a study of indigenous language maintenance in an Arctic Quebec community where four languages - Inuktitut, Cree, French, and English - are spoken. It examines the role that dominant and minority languages play in the social life of this community, linking historical analysis with an ethnographic study of face-to-face interaction and attitudes towards learning and speaking second and third languages in everyday life.

About the Author


Donna Patrick is Associate Professor at Carleton University, Ontario, Canada.


Product Details
ISBN: 9783110176513
ISBN-10: 3110176513
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Publication Date: June 19th, 2003
Pages: 281
Language: English
Series: Language