Indigenous Languages Revitalized?

  • Koji MATSUBARA / 2000.9
  • JPY 5,524 / A5 size, paperback, 364 pages

What if 90% of the world’s 6000 languages die out?
Search the language of restoring the minority language that declined by English rule. Authors who wish to preserve and restore minority languages and restore linguistic ecosystems demonstrate the effectiveness of immersion education. A hands-on research based on field work not only in the literature survey but also around the world.
(ISBN 4921146152)

Table of contents

Part I The Decline of Indigenous Languages as a Rsult of the Imposition of English
Chapter 1 International Colonization: The Decline of Weish―A Case Study
Chapter 2 The Provision of English as the Medium of Instruction: The Decline of Maori―A Case Study
Chapter 3 The Disruption of the Linguistic Communities: The Decline of Hawaiian―A Case Study
Chapter 4 Some Other Case Studies
Part Ⅱ The Revitalization Movements of Indigenous Languages in English-speaking Countries and Regions
Chapter 5 The Education Rform Act 1988 and Bilingual Education in Wales
Chapter 6 From Kohanga Reo (Maori Language Nests)to Kura Kaupapa Maori (Maori-medium Primacy Schools)
Chapter 7 The Hawaiian Language Immersion Program at Waiau Elementary School in Hawai’i
Chapter 8 Some Other Case Studies
Part Ⅲ The Prospective Ralationships between Indigenous Languages and English
Chapter 9 Bilingua Education versus the English-Only Policy
Chapter 10 Language Policy for Coexistence


Professor of Shonan International Women’s Collage. His major is sociolinguistics, especially the revitalization movement of indigenous languages. He is the author of “Global Communication(Global Communication Ron)”(Co-authored, Nakanishiya publishing)and translated “Sleep on the Ground: Appeal of Indigenous Women of Hawaii(Daichini shigamituke: Hawaii Senzyu-min Zyosei no Uttae)”(Haunani-Kay Trask, Shumpusha Publishing).

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