The impact of FirstVoices on language revitalization in Alert Bay
Ellen Rachel Godfrey, Royal Roads University , Canada
Royal Roads University . Awarded
This study looks at the effect upon language revitalization of introducing and using the language archiving web-enabled tool, FirstVoices. The focus is an analysis of how First Voices’ adoption affected the teaching and use of Kwak'wala in the Canadian community of Alert Bay. The analysis uses the stories of 9 community members to elucidate the impact of the technology and the challenges of revitalization as seen through the eyes of community members involved in language revitalization. The storytellers raise fundamental issues of identity and culture when talking about the gap between youth and elders and the role technology play in language revitalization. The study includes a discussion of the story telling methodology and its implications for the study of aboriginal peoples.
Godfrey, E.R. The impact of FirstVoices on language revitalization in Alert Bay. Master's thesis, Royal Roads University.
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