This paper speculates on the possibilities for planning for language maintenance in one particular case. It considers the pros and cons of using Quechua in schools serving Quechua-speaking communities in rural highland Puno, Peru, from the point of view of its bearing on Quechua language maintenance.
The paper is based on a two-year ethnographic sociolinguistic study in two communities of Puno. The study compared uses Quechua and Spanish in the communities and their schools, one of which participated in a bilingual education project. It also compared attitudes of community members toward the two languages. The paper draws from the findings of the research in discussing two questions:
- Can language maintenance be planned?; and
- Can schools be agents for language maintenance?
Hornberger, N. H. (1986). Should Quechua Be Used in Puno's Rural Schools?. 2 (1), Retrieved from http://repository.upenn.edu/wpel/vol2/iss1/2