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Arctic Domus team member Laura Siragusa publishes articles in Anthropologica

Arctic Domus team member Laura Siragusa publishes articles in Anthropologica
01 May - 01 August 2017

Arctic Domus team member Laura Siragusa published articles in a new issue of Anthropologica (Vol. 59, No. 1) on Language Sustainability in the Circumpolar North, including an Introduction to the thematic section with Jeananne Ferguson. Find the article information and links to the full text below:

Title: Introduction: Language Sustainability in the Circumpolar North / Introduction : Viabilité de la langue et le Nord circumpolaire

Authors: Laura Siragusa (University of Aberdeen) and Jeananne Ferguson (University of Nevada-Reno)

AbstractThis introduction serves to situate this special theme within the broader fields of language sustainability and language revitalisation and maintenance. It aims to highlight both the unique aspects of linguistic situations in the Circumpolar North as well as to present the under-theorised and practical concerns that speakers of Indigenous and minority languages in this broad region share with each other and speakers in similar linguistic ecologies worldwide.

Cette introduction vise à situer les contributions de ce volume dans le champ de la durabilité linguistique, de la revitalisation et de la préservation des langues. Il s'agira de mettre en évidence les aspects uniques des contextes linguistiques du nord circumpolaire, ainsi que de présenter les préoccupations théoriques et pratiques, jusqu'à présent peu décrites, que partagent les locuteurs des langues autochtones et minoritaires de cette vaste région et d'écologies linguistiques similaires de par le monde.


TitleSecrecy and Sustainability: How Concealment and Revelation Shape Vepsian Language Revival

Authors: Laura Siragusa (University of Aberdeen)

AbstractIn this article, I explore questions related to language sustainability, examining whether secrecy practices, both in written and oral form, support or hinder language revival. Within cultural anthropology, secrecy often reflects “epistemological and ethical dimensions” of the researcher and research institutions. The work presented in this article adds to this already-existing definition, providing an understanding of secrecy as an ontological practice. Stemming from fieldwork with Veps in northwestern Russia, this research demonstrates how secrecy fosters the sustainability of the Vepsian language, moving it from simply being used as a means for protecting and overcoming the challenges to Vepsian generational transmission. This change is reflected in the differences between literacy and orality.


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