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The past, present and future of the Pite Saami language: Sociological factors and revitalization efforts
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages, Finno-Ugric Languages.
2011 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Linguistics, ISSN 0332-5865, E-ISSN 1502-4717, Vol. 34, no 3, 295-329 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Our paper is a report on the past, current and future state of the endangered Pite Saami language (aka: Arjeplog Saami) spoken in Swedish Lapland. Our primary data come from interviews with Pite Saami individuals and our field observations. We estimate the vitality of Pite Saami based on the UNESCO Language Vitality Scale, taking into consideration factors such as the number of speakers, language attitudes and the quality of documentation. We also discuss the possible reasons for the decline of Pite Saami, report on the speakers' views of other Saami languages and Swedish, consider whether there is a specific Pite Saami identity, describe revitalization efforts already taking place, and discuss the future prospects of the language.

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2011. Vol. 34, no 3, 295-329 p.
Keyword [en]
Arjeplog Saami, endangered languages, language documentation, language policy, language sociology, minority languages, language revitalization, Pite Saami, Saami, Sweden
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-171505DOI: 10.1017/S0332586512000042ISI: 000300784700002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-171505DiVA: diva2:511194
Available from: 2012-03-20 Created: 2012-03-20 Last updated: 2012-03-20Bibliographically approved

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