- William L. Clements Library
- 734 764 2347
909 South University Ave, Ann Arbor, 48109-1190, United States
The William L. Clements Library is an independent University of Michigan library that houses original resources for the study of American history and culture from the fifteenth to the early twentieth century. Its mission is to collect and preserve primary source materials, to make them available for research, and to create an environment that supports and encourages scholarly investigation of our nation’s past. The Clements Library’s collections are represented in Mirlyn, with the location of “William L. Clements.” Please visit the Clements Library web site for details on services, staff and resources.
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January 13, 2012
University of California in Berkeley
Language revitalization, civil rights, and modern times
The indigenous language revitalization movement of North America has roots in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960′s. Language loss in indigenous communities is often viewed as the result of linguistic oppression, with the boarding schools being a major example; and the effort to reclaim the lost language is an expression of freedom. At the same time, language loss is moving faster today than ever before, no longer due so much to oppression, but more to modern media and other features of modern American life that leave no room for the mother tongue. We will examine case studies to show how indigenous people are battling to express their right to know and use their languages in the face of the overwhelming pressure from the English language.