Modern Western Armenian is considered an endangered language by UNESCO. Today Western Armenian is essentially a Diaspora language, which was dramatically impacted by the Armenian Genocide and the post-genocide period has posed a great challenge to its continued vitality. This volume brings together experts in the field of Western Armenian who focus on theoretical questions as well as practical suggestions in dealing with outdated pedagogical approaches. The volume presents the latest research in language acquisition, which benefits from theoretical and practical approaches in the field of teaching minority languages in a diasporic situation. The list of contributors to the book are: Bedross Der Matossian, Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Hratch Tchilingirian, Ani Garmiryan, Jesse Siragan Arlen, Shushan Karapetian, Sylvia Kasparian, Hagop Gulludjian, Elizabeth Mkhitarian, and Vartan Matiossian. “The broader public of the Armenian diaspora and in particular its language teachers, school trustees and administrators, as well as writers, can and must learn from it” (Khachig Tölölyan, Wesleyan University).
Western Armenian in the 21st Century, Challenges and New Approaches, Co-edited by Bedros Der Matossian and Barlow Der Mugrdechian (softcover)