Richard Henne-Ochoa, Assistant Professor of Education
In the literature on language shift and revitalization, generations are defined a priori as existing social categories that are mapped onto sociolinguistic features. In contrast, we take a performance-based perspective and develop a view of generations as discursively constructed frameworks that are aligned with sociolinguistic and moral features that attend language retention and associated factors. Using this perspective and empirical data from a high school speech contest held in a language-shifting Lakota community where revitalization efforts are underway, we show how contestants and participants perceive and experience language loss and renewal.
Henne-Ochoa, Richard and Bauman, Richard. “Who Is Responsible for Saving the Language? Performing Generation in the Face of Language Shift.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 25, no. 2 (2015) : 128-149.