Importance of Language: Grassroots Efforts to Revitalize the Diné Language

Indian Country Today Media

NOVEMBER 4, 2015 – Students in Valencia Edgewater’s Navajo literacy class taste the words as they form on their tongues.

Mimicking their teacher’s facial expressions, students form wide circles with their lips for the “a” sound or grit their teeth for the “i.” The sounds change slightly as Edgewater adds diacritical marks: the high tones, hooks or glottal stops that signal rising accents, nasal overtones or other variations.

“Everyone knows language is important,” Edgewater said during a break from a recent class in Piñon, Arizona. “We talk about it all the time, but we’re not doing much about it.”

Read Full Article: Indian Country Today Media,. “Importance Of Language: Grassroots Efforts To Revitalize The Diné Language“. N. p., 2015. Web. 22 Dec. 2015.

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