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Endangered Languages : Language Loss and Community Response - Lenore A. Grenoble

Endangered Languages

Language Loss and Community Response

By: Lenore A. Grenoble (Editor), Lindsay J. Whaley (Editor)

Paperback Published: 25th May 1998
ISBN: 9780521597128
Number Of Pages: 380

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The issue of language loss is currently the focus of much linguistic research. This edited volume brings together work by theoretical linguists, field linguists and nonlinguist members of minority communities to provide an integrated view of how language is lost, from sociological and economic as well as from linguistic perspectives. It maps out some of the strategies applied by native communities and professional linguists in the face of language endangerment. Several authors address the understudied issue of what (beyond a linguistic system) is lost when a language becomes obsolescent.

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"This fine collection of papers is a worthy addition to the literature on language endangerment and obsolescence, which has been growing exponentially in recent years. For anyone interested in language contact, language obsolescence, and language shift (death), Endangered Languages is filled with much of value on this topical and important subject. Grenoble and Whaley are to be sincerely thanked for editing this collection." Anthropological Linguistics "This volume is a vital addition to the literature supporting this important and growing movement within the field of linguistics and indigenous communities." Leanne Hinton, Language in Society "...to approach this collection from the standpoint of a linguistic typologist is an enlightening task in itself: it forces a constructive engagement with material that the authors have put together with other ends in view...most of the contributions contain lingusitic descriptions, as illustations or evidence, which are detailed enough to interest formal analysts of linguistic diversity in their own right." Linguistic Typology

General Issues
Western language ideologies and small-language prospects Nancy Dorian
Toward a typology of language endangerment Lenore Grenoble, Lindsay Whaley
Language Community Responses
Technical, emotional, and ideological issues in reversing language shift: examples from Southeast Alaska Nora and Richard Dauenhauer
Mayan efforts toward language preservation Nora England
A chronology of Mohawk language instruction at Kahnawa:ke Kaia'titahkhe Annette Jacobs
Language endangerment in South America: a programmatic approach Colette (Craig) Grinevald
What is Lost: Language Diversity
The significance of diversity in language endangerment and preservation Marianne Mithun
On endangered languages and the importance of linguistic diversity Ken Hale
Living words and cartoon translations: longhouse 'texts' and the limitations of English Christopher Jocks
Documenting rhetorical, aesthetic, and expressive loss in language shift Anthony Woodbury
Mechanisms of Language Loss
Impact of language variation and accomodation theory on language maintenance: an analysis of Shaba Swahili Andre Kapanga
A way to dusty death: the matrix language turnover hypothesis Carol Myers-Scotton
Copper Island Aleut: a case of language 'resurrection' Nikolai Vakhtin
Index of languages
Index of names
General index
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ISBN: 9780521597128
ISBN-10: 0521597129
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 25th May 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.73 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.5