Event Title

Survival of the Basque Language

Location

CSU 202

Start Date

20-4-2015 10:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2015 11:00 AM

Student's Major

Anthropology

Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mentor's Name

Chelsea Mead

Mentor's Email Address

chelsea.mead@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Anthropology

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Description

My research focuses on the Basque language of northern Spain. Since not very many people speak Basque, it is often overlooked. However, the people that do speak this language do not want it to die out. Therefore, it is important to find ways to help the Basque people pass their language on to future generations. To effectively preserve this language, it is important to look at its history as well as its contemporary status. In order to obtain my results, I analyzed two books, one dissertation, and six journal articles. After completing my research, I discovered that there is a strong nationalist movement among the Basque community to revive the dying language. I discovered that the most effective way to do this is through certain schooling systems, starting at a young age. However, I also learned that this nationalist movement has created a rift between the Basque community and fellow Spaniards. The overall outcome of my research shows that the Basque community is moving forward in creating a stronger desire to maintain its cultural identity, specifically in regards to the preservation of its language.

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Survival of the Basque Language

CSU 202

My research focuses on the Basque language of northern Spain. Since not very many people speak Basque, it is often overlooked. However, the people that do speak this language do not want it to die out. Therefore, it is important to find ways to help the Basque people pass their language on to future generations. To effectively preserve this language, it is important to look at its history as well as its contemporary status. In order to obtain my results, I analyzed two books, one dissertation, and six journal articles. After completing my research, I discovered that there is a strong nationalist movement among the Basque community to revive the dying language. I discovered that the most effective way to do this is through certain schooling systems, starting at a young age. However, I also learned that this nationalist movement has created a rift between the Basque community and fellow Spaniards. The overall outcome of my research shows that the Basque community is moving forward in creating a stronger desire to maintain its cultural identity, specifically in regards to the preservation of its language.

Recommended Citation

Denney, Mikayla. "Survival of the Basque Language." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 20, 2015.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2015/oral_session_02/4