Native American Language Revitalization in Wisconsin: The Case of Menominee

12:00 pm, Tuesday, February 10, 2015
254 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive
Speaker and Affiliation: 

Monica Macaulay, Department of Linguistics

Linguists estimate that 50-90% of the world’s 6,000-7,000 languages will be gone by the end of the current century if steps are not taken to reverse this tide.  This talk will take a look at the reasons for language endangerment in the United States, and will also discuss language reclamation movements, with a focus on the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin.  I will describe the work that I have done with the tribe and the projects that are underway to try to preserve this irreplaceable aspect of their culture, and I will talk about what linguists can (and can’t) do.


Dianna Murphy, 608-262-1473


Language Institute, Department of Linguistics, Department of Anthropology, American Indian Studies Program, and Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures.