Content Collection: Good Ideas
There are many ways that a language revitalization program can work, but some of these may be better than others for a particular set of circumstances. The question of what are the best practices to put into place, then, can’t be stated absolutely. Practices have to be motivated by the set of conditions that apply in particular demographic situations, social conventions within tribes, language ideologies in place in a community, political realities, and so on.
So, rather than label this section something like “Best Practices,” we’ve called it “Good Ideas” instead. But the important common element of the resources that are included here is that they all have been thought through. Some have actually been put into practice and have been shown to work for some people in some situations. To a certain extent those ideas that have been around the longest will have more extensive and detailed histories, often available in publications or recollections of indivduals with experience in the practice.
Another common characteristic of the practices included here is that they show care and thought in how they are worked out or how they are planned. In other words there are reasons for how and why they do work or should work.