"Plaza 'góó and before he can respond...": language ideology, bilingual Navajo and Navajo poetry

@article{Webster2008PlazaA,
  title={"Plaza 'g{\'o}{\'o} and before he can respond...": language ideology, bilingual Navajo and Navajo poetry},
  author={Anthony K. Webster},
  journal={Pragmatics. Quarterly Publication of the International Pragmatics Association},
  year={2008},
  volume={18},
  pages={511-541}
}
  • Anthony K. Webster
  • Published 2008
  • History
  • Pragmatics. Quarterly Publication of the International Pragmatics Association
This article suggests that much of the use of the Navajo language in contemporary Navajo written poetry, especially English dominant poetry, serves as an icon of proper Navajo usage. It is a purist view of the Navajo language. Navajo poetry is implicated, even if tacitly, in a discourse of linguistic purism that is tied to an oppositional linguistic ideology that sees Navajo and English as discrete and distinct “objects.” Navajo poetry erases the contemporary sociolinguistic diversity… Expand
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