Linguistic Ideologies About American Indigenous Languages: A Systematic Review of Research Articles




language ideologies, minoritized languages, American indigenous languages, indigenous languages


The comprehension of language ideologies is essential for describing the processes of conservation and displacement of minority languages. This work carries out a systematic review of the publications on language ideologies about American indigenous languages that are indexed in Web of Science. It has as its main purpose to describe the research lines, methodological orientations, theoretical frameworks, typologies, and the most relevant conclusions that those investigations provide to this field. The review considered articles published between 1980 and 2016, and produced 25 articles. Results show the prevalence of a methodological frame that is exclusively qualitative, while in the conceptual plane, a vast taxonomy of ideologies, which includes several denominations for the same ideological frame, is observed. They also reveal the relevance of language ideologies in processes such as identity construction, language revitalization, language planning, language valuation, cultural and identitary resistance, among other sociolinguistic and sociocultural processes.

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Author Biographies

César Cisternas Irarrázabal, Universidad de La Frontera

Maestrando en Ciencias Sociales Aplicadas, Universidad de La Frontera, Chile. Docente del Departamento de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de La Frontera, Chile.

Aldo Olate Vinet, Universidad de La Frontera

Ph. D. en Lingüística, Universidad de Concepción, Chile. Docente del Departamento de Lenguas, Literatura y Comunicación, Universidad de La Frontera, Chile.


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How to Cite

Cisternas Irarrázabal, C., & Olate Vinet, A. (2020). Linguistic Ideologies About American Indigenous Languages: A Systematic Review of Research Articles. Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 25(3), 755–773.



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