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Author Gómez Menjívar, Jennifer Carolina, author.

Title Tropical Tongues Language Ideologies, Endangerment, and Minority Languages in Belize / Jennifer Carolina Gómez Menjívar and William Noel Salmon.

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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 105 pages)
Series Studies in Latin America
Studies in Latin America.
Book collections on Project MUSE.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 93-105).
Contents The lush tongues of the Americas -- The languages of Belize in context -- Kriol: from minority to national language -- Mopan: between tradition and change -- Garifuna: an ethnolinguistic identity in flux -- Forces of change on language ecologies in Belize.
Access Open Access Unrestricted online access
Summary "In the period following the country's independence in 1981, Kriol has risen to the level of a national language. While the prestige enjoyed by English and Spanish is indisputable, a range of historical and socio-economic developments has given Kriol an elevated status in the coastal districts at the potential expense of more vulnerable minority languages also spoken there. Using fieldwork, ethnographic observations, interviews, and surveys of language attitudes and use, Gómez Menjívar and Salmon show the attenuation of Mopan and Garifuna alongside the stigmatized yet robust Kriol language. Examin[es] how large-scale economic restructuring can unsettle relationships among minority languages" -- Provided by publisher.
Local Note Project Muse Project Muse Open Access
Subject Garifuna language -- Belize.
Mopan dialect -- Belize.
Creole dialects, English -- Belize.
Languages in contact -- Belize.
Belize -- Languages.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Salmon, William, author.
Project Muse. distributor
ISBN 9781469641416
9781469641393 (softcover)