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spoken by Kaska First Nations populations 81 3.4. Speaker competence in relation to potential role as aboriginal language instructor 84 3.5. Individuals who could potentially gain fluency in Kaska quickly 84 3.6. Fluency scaled in relation to potential to learn 85 4.1. Fractal recursions in Gábor and Galasi’s argument 108 6.1. “Monolith” 137 6.2. Scaling the monolith, still from 2001: A Space Odyssey 141 6.3a. Docking relations 150 6.3b. Docking relations 150 6.4. Scaling disaster: head of the Tsunami Evacuation Interpretive Trail 151 7

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indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in

characteristics of other individuals’ (un)healthy states. The assessment of language endangerment works similarly and even draws at times on medical tropes. Endangerment assumes a deviation from a previously healthy state. Symp- toms of a language’s poor health—its attrition, its loss of fluent speakers—are to be diagnosed and a remedy proposed. Although there are other ways to judge fluency, the key measure of health in the Yukon Territory, as elsewhere, is com- petence in grammar. Though implicit in the charts analyzed below, it is through 72 BARBRA A. mEEK grammar

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an artificial elegance and brilliant superficiality that emphasize what is lovely in his sitters and conveniently suppress the unbeautiful elements, so that his paintings are often weak in character and lacking in vitality. Sheldon Cheney in his World History of Art speaks of the "fastidious fragility and consummate fluency" of Lawrence's work, calling it "superficial painting at its very best!' Lawrence's death closed an epoch that had seen British portraiture brought to its highest point and one that contained the names of Reynolds, Gainsborough, Raeburn

is equally deleterious. In addition to purely linguistic considerations, there are also stylistic ones. Many stylistic features of oral performance cannot be duplicated in print without destroying the fluency of the narrative. Among these, for example, are comments reflecting the teller's own viewpoint (included in parentheses) in the midst of speech uttered by one of the characters. Lit- erary oral narrative, when translated for print into another language, ob- viously undergoes in reality a process of double translation: the first is from one language to another

important topics.” Wright counsels us to “acquire fluency in multiple modern vernaculars”; to learn to experience the world from multiple perspectives, as J.B. Jackson did; and to write accessibly as a sign of tolerance for those many perspec- tives, disciplines, professions, discourses, and publics. George L. Henderson, as a geographer and self-confessed skeptic in the realm of cultural landscape studies, sorts out the flexible and divergent uses of the term landscape into four discourses—ongoing scholarly de- bates predicated on specific sets of theoretical questions

profiles / 146 9. Monthly earnings by nationality and different human capital and gender profiles / 147 10. Transnational connections of Chinese immigrant organizations / 181 11. Population change by race/ethnicity in the one hundred largest metropolitan areas, 2000– 2010 / 206 12. Population by race/ethnicity / 207 Illustrations x | Illustrations 13. Percentage of persons who spoke a language other than English at home, by county, 2000 / 222 14. English fluency of immigrants by age at arrival, education, and decade of arrival, 2010 / 234 15. Language shift

kind of “ success” one must be fluent in this culture. Know the words of the users, the semantic rituals of power. This is a way into wherever it is you are not now, but wish, very desperately, to get into. Even speech then signals a fluency in this culture. A knowledge at least. “ He’s an educated man,” is the barest acknowledgment of such fluency . . . in any time. “ He’s h ip,” my friends might say. They connote a similar entrance. And it is certainly the meanings of words that are most important, even if they are no longer consciously acknowledged, but

flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body. The poet shall not spend his time in unneeded work. He shall know that the ground is always ready plow’d and manured . . . others may not know it but he shall. He shall go directly to the creation. His trust shall master the trust of everything he touches . . . and shall master all attachment. Charles Baudelaire 1 8 2 1 – 1 8 6 7 from T H E P A I N T E R O F