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Language Endangerment and Language Maintenance : An Active Approach - David Bradley

Language Endangerment and Language Maintenance

An Active Approach

By: David Bradley (Editor), Maya Bradley (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 23rd May 2002
ISBN: 9780700714568
Number Of Pages: 356

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Language endangerment is a fundamental issue for humanity. What rights do minority communities have concerning their languages? How does each language conceptualize the world differently? How much knowledge about the world and a local ecosystem is lost when a language disappears? What is the process involved and how can insights about this process contribute to linguistic theory? What typological insights will be lost if undescribed languages disappear before their unique structural properties are known? How can language shift be stopped or reversed?
This volume comprises:
* a general overview introduction
* four theoretical chapters on what happens during language shift
* ten case studies of autochthonous languages under threat
* four case studies of migrant languages at risk
* three concluding chapters discussing strategies and resources for language maintenance.

"[I]t is a fascinating compilation of the kind of issues which arise in small and threatened language communities, particularly in the South-east Asia and the Pacific.." -"OGMIOS, Bradely, David and Maya, Summer 2003

Table of Figures
Maps and Tables
Introduction
Language Attitudes: the key factor in language maintenance
Strategies for Language Maintenance and Revival
Traditional Multilingualism and Language Endangerment
Why One Cannot Preserve Languages (but can preserve language ecologies)
Irish and Finland Swedish
Working Together to Strengthen Sm'algyax (Tsimshian Nation, British Columbia, Canada)
Language Policy and Language Maintenance: Yi in China
Tai Languages of Assam, a progress report - Does anything remain of the Tai Ahom language?
The Impact of Malay on Taba: a type of incipient language death or incipient death of a language type?
Language Obsolescence: Progress of Decay? The emergence of new grammatical categories in 'language death'
Reclaiming Languages in Aboriginal Victoria
A Language Plan for Norfolk Island
Language Maintenance and Survival in East Timor: all change now? Winners and Losers
Steel Tyres or Rubber Tyres - Maintenance or Loss: Pennsylvania German in the 'horse and buggy' communities of Ontario
Language Maintenance at the Micro Level: Hmong ex-refugee communities
Community Initiatives towards Language Renewal among Moluccan Migrants in the Netherlands
Concealment, Maintenance and Renaissance: language and ethnicity in the Moluccan community in the Netherlands
Extinction in Whose Terms? Which parts of language constitute a target for language maintenance programmes?
Dictionaries and Endangered Languages
Conclusion: Resources for Language Maintenance
Contributors
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ISBN: 9780700714568
ISBN-10: 0700714561
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 23rd May 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.34  x 3.35
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1