Indigenous languages all over the world are endangered. The wayuunaiki language, spoken by wayuu Colombian ancestral communities, is not the exception. Even though the wayuunaiki is not endangered per se, does not mean that it is not at risk. Along this paper you will understand what the former statement means, and how this reality derives from a predetermined system yielded by a colonial epistemology. There is a succinct overview of the wayuu communities’ history so that we can truly understand how deep and well-hidden are the power discourses that might become a threat to the preservation of ancestral languages. You will therefore find some suggestions regarding the sort of theoretical fields that should be studied to understand indigenous languages preservation, or revitalization, depending on the case. These theories will broaden your understanding about the narratives from which language endangerment derives and how power relationships have endured and evolved along time.
Date of Degree
Master of Science (MS)
Arts and Humanities
Espejel Fuentes, A. G. (2021). Perspectivas sociolingüísticas y culturales en la conservación lingüística del wayuunaiki [Master’s alternative plan paper, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/1143/
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