Language ideology and practice among Navajo college students attending Dineì College

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Title: Language ideology and practice among Navajo college students attending Dineì College
Author: Heuss, Jennifer Neal
Abstract: Navajo college student language ideology and practice is investigated through qualitative ethnographic methods . Students discuss the emotional , spiritual , and practical reasons they choose to speak navajo on campus . Participant observation and interviews are analyzed through grounded theory , which structured interview data around themes consisting of students' opinions and concerns with regard to speaking Navajo and English . Such themes include : participation in Navajo ceremonies , talking to elders , and maintaining a strong Navajo identity . Speaking practice was observed to determine the genres of communication in which studnets preferred speaking Navajo rather than English . These genres include joking and Navajo philosophy . Speaker familiarity emerged as one of the most important factors influencing students' language choice on campus .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /19237
Date: 2006-05

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Language ideology and practice among Navajo college students attending Dineì College. Master's thesis, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /19237 .

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