Maori Language Revitalization

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Era Saraci AY252 Professor Halvorson Final Paper Assignment He aha te mea nui o te ao? Ko reira te reo! Te reo! Te reo! What is the most important thing in the world? It is the language! The language! The language! - Maori Proverb Maori Language Revitalization Introduction Maori is the indigenous language of New Zealand. Like all languages, it is in some respects unique, and in others quite typical. It is a member of one of the largest language families in the world, and was brought to New Zealand through Polynesian voyages back in the 1200s. The Maori population was isolated for centuries, which facilitated the protection and development of their culture. The population was organized in tribes, sub-tribes, divided by mountains and rivers, and all shared a common culture – heritage -- still kept alive today. Like many other minority languages, Maori has suffered through contact and competition with the language of the colonizers. Its current situation and the issues involved in attempts to ensure its survival and revitalization thus show similarities with those affecting many other languages. The…show more content…
This paper will provide a background on the Maori history and language, examine the “Te Kohanga Reo” -- Language

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