performed but not spoken (2): symbolic reduction, language ideology, and ‘amis popular music

We are used to the idea that language is a form of cultural patrimony. Many arguments for endangered language preservation, in fact, begin from this premise, which defines languages as Continue Reading →

on the road

the past couple weeks, i’ve been visiting old friends in lukang and battening down the hatches during a typhoon in taipei (sadly, that meant no time at the hotsprings or Continue Reading →

hegemony and hopeful indigeneity (1): the diversity condition

it is time that we place the idea that indigenous people have a responsibility to maintain their languages and expressive cultures in an historical context. although we consider diversity a Continue Reading →

endangered languages (2) language and the audit culture

one of the pervasive themes of the FEL conference was the institutional ecology of language preservation and revitalization programs. from concerns that the work of dividing out the money allocated Continue Reading →