The Routledge Handbook of Language Revitalization is the first comprehensive overview of the language revitalization movement, from the Arctic to the Amazon and across continents. Featuring 47 contributions from a global range of top scholars in the field, the handbook is divided into two parts, the first of which expands on language revitalization issues of theory and practice while the second covers regional perspectives in an effort to globalize and decolonize the field. The collection examines critical issues in language revitalization, including:

  • language rights, language and well-being, and language policy;
  • language in educational institutions and in the home;
  • new methodologies and venues for language learning;
  • and the roles of documentation, literacies, and the internet.

The volume also contains chapters on the kinds of language that are less often researched such as the revitalization of music, of whistled languages and sign languages, and how languages change when they are being revitalized. The Routledge Handbook of Language Revitalization is the ideal resource for graduate students and researchers working in linguistic anthropology and language revitalization and endangerment.

part 1|273 pages

Issues of Theory and Practice

section 1.1|46 pages

Language Revitalization in Context

chapter 1|8 pages

“Language is Like Food … ”

Links Between Language Revitalization and Health and Well-being

chapter 3|14 pages

Community-Based Language Planning

Perspectives from Indigenous Language Revitalization

section 1.4|18 pages

Language Revitalization in the Household

section 1.5|43 pages

New Methodologies for Language Learning

chapter 13|9 pages

An Overview of Where Are Your Keys?

A Glimpse Inside the Technique Toolbox

chapter 14|10 pages

The Root-Word Method for Building Proficient Second-Language Speakers of Polysynthetic Languages

Onkwawén:na Kentyókhwa Adult Mohawk Language Immersion Program

section 1.6|58 pages

Literacy, Language Documentation, and the Internet

section 1.7|49 pages

Special Representations of Language

part 2|228 pages

Regional Perspectives: Decolonizing and Globalizing Language Revitalization

section 2.1|63 pages


chapter 27|8 pages

From the Ashes

Language Revitalization in Cornwall

section 2.2|35 pages

Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand

chapter 31|10 pages

Language Revival in Australia

chapter 32|12 pages

Revitalization of Kaurna

section 2.3|30 pages

The Arctic

chapter 33|10 pages

Arctic Indigenous Languages

Vitality and Revitalization

chapter 34|9 pages

Revitalization of Sámi Languages in Three Nordic Countries

Finland, Norway, and Sweden

chapter 35|9 pages

“This Work is Not for Pessimists”

Revitalization of Inari Sámi Language

section 2.4|42 pages

The Americas

chapter 37|11 pages

“Carrying on The Word That I Know”

Teacher-Community Language Revitalization Collaborations in Indigenous Oaxaca, Mexico

chapter 38|11 pages

Revitalizing Pipil

The Cuna Nahuat Experience

section 2.5|58 pages


chapter 42|8 pages

Language Revitalization

The Tai Ahom Language of Northeast India 1

chapter 43|9 pages

Revitalization of Duoxu

A First-hand Account

section 2.6|30 pages


chapter |8 pages


What Works in Language Revitalization