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Vanishing Languages in Context

Ideological, Attitudinal and Social Identity Perspectives


Martin Pütz and Neele Mundt

This volume grew out of the 36th International LAUD Symposium, which was held in March 2014 at the University of Koblenz-Landau in Landau, Germany. There is general consensus among language experts that slightly more than half of today’s 7,000 languages are under severe threat of extinction even within fifty to one hundred years. The 13 papers contained in this volume explore the dramatic loss of linguistic diversity, why this matters, and what can be done and achieved to document and support endangered languages especially in the context of an ever increasing globalized world. The issue of vanishing languages is discussed from a variety of methodologies and perspectives: sociolinguistics, language ecology, language contact, language policy/planning, attitudes and linguistic inequalities.
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Eeva Sippola - Rap and resistance in Chabacano


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Eeva Sippola

Aarhus University, Denmark University of Bremen, Germany

Rap and resistance in Chabacano

Abstract This paper examines responses to language endangerment in the Chabacano-speaking community of Ternate, Philippines. Focusing on the use of Chabacano in rap music, I analyse how young speakers are actively reshaping this creole language through their linguistic practices as a reaction to changes in the national and global context. Based on a corpus of rap lyrics, sociolinguistic interviews, and participant observation, the analysis reveals how Chabacano can be used in rap music as a means of empowerment in a language endangerment situation. Rap empowers young Chabacano speakers as competent users of the language and is also widely accepted as a new domain for the language in the community in general. This study sheds light on these complex processes of negotiation of linguistic practices and the realignment of endangered linguistic and cultural identities in a multilingual environment.

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