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Endangered Languages

Endangered Languages
Language Loss and Community Response

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Nancy C. Dorian, Lenore A. Grenoble, Lindsay J. Whaley, Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Richard Dauenhauer, Nora C. England, Annette Jacobs, Colette Grinevald, Marianne Mithun, Ken Hale, Christopher Jocks, Anthony C. Woodbury, André Kapanga, Carol Myers-Scotton, Nikolai Vakhtin
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  • Date Published: March 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521597128

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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.

    • This book addresses the issue of language loss, currently the focus of much linguistic research
    • Provides an integrated view of how language is lost, from sociological and economic as well as from linguistic perspectives
    • Written for a non-technical audience and covering languages in a variety of regions (North and South America, Africa, Siberia, Europe)
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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

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    • Date Published: March 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521597128
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 18 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    List of abbreviations and symbols
    Part I. General Issues:
    1. Western language ideologies and small-language prospects Nancy C. Dorian
    2. Toward a typology of language endangerment Lenore A. Grenoble and Lindsay J. Whaley
    Part II. Language-Community Responses:
    3. Technical, emotional, and ideological issues in reversing language shift: examples from Southeast Alaska Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer
    4. Mayan efforts toward language preservation Nora C. England
    5. A chronology of Mohawk language instruction at Kahnawà:ke Kaia'titahkhe Annette Jacobs
    6. Language endangerment in South America: a programmatic approach Colette Grinevald
    Part III. What is Lost: Language Diversity:
    7. The significance of diversity in language endangerment and preservation Marianne Mithun
    8. On endangered languages and the importance of linguistic diversity Ken Hale
    9. Living words and cartoon translations: longhouse 'texts' and the limitations of English Christopher Jocks
    10. Documenting rhetorical, aesthetic, and expressive loss in language shift Anthony C. Woodbury
    Part IV. Mechanisms of Language Loss:
    11. Impact of language variation and accommodation theory on language maintenance: an analysis of Shaba Swahili André Kapanga
    12. A way to dusty death: the Matrix language turnover hypothesis Carol Myers-Scotton
    13. Copper Island Aleut: a case of language 'resurrection' Nikolai Vakhtin
    Appendix
    References
    Index of languages
    Index of names
    General index.

  • Editors

    Lenore A. Grenoble, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

    Lindsay J. Whaley, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

    Contributors

    Nancy C. Dorian, Lenore A. Grenoble, Lindsay J. Whaley, Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Richard Dauenhauer, Nora C. England, Annette Jacobs, Colette Grinevald, Marianne Mithun, Ken Hale, Christopher Jocks, Anthony C. Woodbury, André Kapanga, Carol Myers-Scotton, Nikolai Vakhtin

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