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The Body as Language and Expression of the Indigenous Australian Cultural Identity  [PDF]
Dra. Dolors Soriano,Victòria Medina
Coolabah , 2009,
Abstract: In the Indigenous Australian oral culture, Tradition and Law are transmittedorally – through songs, tales, legends, etc. – and by visual expressions – engravings anddrawings made on rocks, on the ground, on material objects, on bark and on the humanbody–. Drawings and engravings transform the surface on which they are made fromprofane to sacred, since they are the transmitters of cultural myths and beliefs,generation after generation. The body, one of the supports of visual expression, activelyparticipates in the transmission of myths, relegating the design to a secondary place.The most important thing is the transmission of the myth and not the way it istransmitted, or the result. The mythological narrative or legend surpasses the aestheticline of vision. This paper intends to expose the primacy of the use of the body -- humanor not–, as a transmitter of the myths and history of the Indigenous Australian culture. Inthis way the body speaks a non-oral language full of symbolism and meaning.
How to Revitalize an Indigenous Language? Adults’ Experiences of the Revitalization of the SáMi Language  [cached]
Erika Sarivaara,Satu Uusiautti,Kaarina M??tt?
Cross-Cultural Communication , 2013, DOI: 10.3968/3273
Abstract: The purpose of the research: Language revitalization means that an extinct language is taken in active use. Language revitalization can also save an endangered language from extinction. The Sámi form an indigenous people whose language is endangered. A marginal group of people with Sámi ancestry has revitalized the Sámi language. The materials and methods: This study focused on these adult Sámi-speaking people (N=10) who had revitalized the language. They were interviewed of their language revitalization process, especially how they became language revitalizers. This was a narrative study.The results: The results show that language revitalization is a process that demands strong motivation and courage at the individual level. The process includes difficult experiences and the support from the community is not any obviousness. The study contributes information about a less studied and topical viewpoint to the revitalization of indigenous languages. Key words: Indigenous people; Language revitalization; Linguistic diversity; Language maintenance; Identity; Motivation
Introducing an Etnosemiotic Approach to develop Multimedia Material for Supporting the Alphabetization Process for a Mexican Indigenous Language  [cached]
Ivan Garcia
International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET) , 2011, DOI: 10.3991/ijet.v6i3.1660
Abstract: One of the effects of globalization in countries’ education programs is the loss of their native languages. The loss of native languages does not only affect the research work of anthropologists, linguists, and ethnologists; moreover the country’s identity and culture. In this context, our research aims to establish some ethnic contexts which influence students’ learning and to provide dynamic material to support the learning process in an indigenous language. More specifically, in this paper an etnosemiotic approach is presented to create interactive multimedia material for supporting the alphabetization process in the Zapoteca language in the Mexican Region of Oaxaca. This approach is oriented towards elementary schooling and aims to address some current necessities in indigenous education.
Foreign language didactics: Identity questions  [PDF]
Michaela Pí?ová
Pedagogicka Orientace , 2011,
Abstract: The efforts to emancipate foreign language didactics have been an ongoingand non-linear process launched in our country in the 50s of the previous century.Its key aspects may be presented as foreign language didactics identity questions.These include explicit delineation of the object and methodology of foreign languagedidactics on the basis of developmental analysis, current state of knowledge andtrends/approaches to the discipline. The issues related to the full-fledged scientificstatus of foreign language didactics are discussed both on a domain-general level(questions relevant for the whole field of subject didactics) and on a domain-specificlevel (foreign language didactics specific questions).
Readership Pattern of Indigenous Language Newspapers Among Selected Nigerian
Cross-Cultural Communication , 2011, DOI: 10.3968/j.ccc.1923670020110704.284
Abstract: Indigenous language press which was the harbinger of journalism in Nigeria is suffering serious neglect. The neglect reflects in a number of ways among which is poor readership. Although, the fact of poor readership of indigenous language newspapers is a common knowledge, but it lacks empirical documentation as many researches on readership of newspapers were concentrated on newspapers written in English. This research attempt therefore examined the readership pattern of Indigenous language newspapers among selected university undergraduates and compared the pattern of readership of English and Indigenous language newspapers. The study is a survey of 150 students of Ajayi Crowther University selected through purposive sampling. Data were generated with Indigenous language Newspaper Readership Pattern Instrument (ILNRPI).The results reveal poor readership pattern of Indigenous Language newspaper with the readership pattern of English Language newspapers faring better. On the basis of the findings, useful suggestions were made. Key words: Indigenous; Language; Readership pattern; Undergraduates
Ethnic Identity and Career Aspiration of the Taiwanese Indigenous Students in the Era of Globalization  [cached]
Shan-Hua Chen,Cheng-Cheng Yang,Hsuan-Fu Ho,Li-Ping Wang
Asian Social Science , 2012, DOI: 10.5539/ass.v8n10p23
Abstract: This study is endeavored to explore the ethnic identity perceived by elite indigenous students studying at senior high schools, to examine their career aspiration, and to investigate their involvement in traditional cultural activities. The connotations of ethnic identity, four identity statuses theory, model of ethnic identity development and ethnic minority identity were reviewed. The results provided data for analyzing how certain activities may affect the ethnic identification process. Future research might replicate the methodology of this study with a specific focus on different types of high school.
Ethnic Identity among Indigenous and Mestizos from Intercultural University of Chiapas
Esteban,Moisès; Nadal,Josep Maria; Vila,Ignasi;
Escritos de Psicología (Internet) , 2010,
Abstract: this study explored ethnic identity among 662 students (326 mestizos and 336 indigenous) from the intercultural university of chiapas (iuch). scholars suggest that ethnicity is more salient for ethnic minority adolescents than for adolescents who are members of the ethnic majority. the aims for this study were: 1) to determine the structure and validity of ethnic identity as measured by the multigroup ethnic identity measure in a sample of majority and minority ethnic groups from intercultural university in chiapas, and 2) to examine the variability of ethnic identity across ethnic groups. specifically, it was hypothesized that the multigroup ethnic identity measure would show two factors, and that ethnic groups would differ on ethnic identity. the results supported the hypotheses.
Benefits Of Indigenous Language In The Teaching And Learning Of Adult Farmers In Delta State, Nigeria
O Ugboh
Journal of Agriculture and Social Research (JASR) , 2004,
Abstract: The importance of indigenous language in disseminating local information to the local people cannot be overemphasized. This paper is focused on the perceived benefits of indigenous language in the teaching and learning of adult farmers in Delta State. Data was collected from 400 randomly selected farmers in the study area and information was collected with the aid of structured questionnaire and interview schedule. Data analysis was by the use of frequency, percentage, and mean. The importance of indigenous language use in the teaching and learning process was confirmed by farmers in the study area. Journal of Agriculture and Social Research Vol. 4 (2) 2004: 54-60
Affirmative Action and Ethnic Identity in Black and Indigenous Brazilian Children  [cached]
Dalila Xavier de Fran?a,Marcus Eugênio Oliveira Lima
International Journal of Conflict and Violence , 2011,
Abstract: Two studies of children aged between five and ten years old investigate the impact of affirmative action programmes on the ethnic identity of black and indigenous children in Brazil. The participants in the first study were children supported by affirmative action programmes: black Quilombola (n= 33) and indigenous (n= 32). Study two was carried out on black children (n= 77) not supported by affirmative action programmes. In the first study the children used nine different categories of skin colour to define themselves. The majority of the indigenous children defined themselves as “morena”, while black Quilombolas defined themselves as “preto” (dark). In the second study the children used six different colours, and dark colours were rarely used. Although the children in both studies liked belonging to their group, most, particularly the Quilombola children, would like to be whiter.
Complexity and identity reconstruction in second language acquisition
Sade, Liliane Assis;
Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada , 2009, DOI: 10.1590/S1984-63982009000200008
Abstract: the participation of the individual in different discursive practices contributes to the social formation of identity which is not only constituted, but also, fractalized and emerged via discourse. taking the concept of polyphony, proposed by bakhtin (1981, 1986), this work intends to discuss the social formation of the self and the emergence of multiple identities through the perspective of complexity theory. borrowing the concepts of attractors, bifurcation points and fractals from chaos theory, and relating them to identity issues, this paper shows how the acknowledgement of identity as a complex/chaotic system can be useful to a deeper understanding of the language acquisition process. some narratives of amfale project are used in order to exemplify the theoretical issues proposed.
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