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Discourses of speakerhood in Iyasa: Linguistic identity and authenticity in an endangered language

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dc.contributor.authorBelew, Anna-
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-03T04:42:42Z-
dc.date.available2018-06-03T04:42:42Z-
dc.date.issued2018-06-
dc.identifier.citationBelew, Anna. 2018. Discourses of speakerhood in Iyasa: Linguistic identity and authenticity in an endangered language. Language Documentation & Conservation 12: 235-273.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1934-5275-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10125/24769-
dc.description.abstractWithin most subfields of linguistics, the term “speaker” is often used in a shorthand, nonspecific way. In referring simply to “speakers” of endangered languages, the nuances of proficiency, language use, self-identification, and local language ideologies are collapsed into a binary: speaker vs. non-speaker. Despite the central role of local language ideologies in shaping patterns of language shift and maintenance, insiders’ perceptions of speaker status are not often investigated as part of language documentation projects. This paper approaches the issue of speaker status in Iyasa, a threatened Coastal Bantu language of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, through the firsthand accounts of self-identified Iyasa speakers. Using a discourse-analytic approach and the framework of identity and interaction (Bucholtz & Hall 2005), this paper examines the ways Iyasa speakers construct “speakerhood” in discourse, respond to researchers’ language ideologies, and position their own and others’ proficiency in Iyasa. Local language ideologies which equate ruralness, elderliness, and authenticity are discussed, as well as their links to similar ideologies in linguistics. Finally, the implications for language documentation and maintenance work in the Iyasa community are discussed.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Foreign Language Resource Centeren_US
dc.format.extent39 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoen-USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Hawaii Pressen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Internationalen_US
dc.subjectIyasaen_US
dc.subjectlinguistic identityen_US
dc.subjectendangered languagesen_US
dc.subjectdiscourseen_US
dc.titleDiscourses of speakerhood in Iyasa: Linguistic identity and authenticity in an endangered languageen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.dcmiTexten_US
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