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Language Endangerment

Language Endangerment

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  • Publication planned for: January 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107041134

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  • Up to ninety percent of humanity's traditional languages and cultures are at risk and may disappear this century. While language endangerment has not achieved the publicity surrounding environmental change and biodiversity loss, it is just as serious, disastrously reducing the variety of human knowledge and thought. This book shows why it matters, why and how it happens, and what communities and scholars can do about it. David and Maya Bradley provide a new framework for investigating and documenting linguistic, social and other factors which contribute to languages shifting away from their cultural heritage. Illustrated with practical in-depth case studies and examples from the authors' own work in Asia and elsewhere, the book encourages communities to maintain or reclaim their traditional languages and cultures.

    • Presents an in-depth and systematic framework of language endangerment, using a range of approaches from linguistics and anthropology
    • Provides practical case studies that show how language endangerment occurs, how it can be reversed and how to apply them
    • Key terms are explained in non-technical language to make the book accessible to students and scholars at all levels
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    ‘A masterpiece both because of its erudition and its coherent perspective.' David Olson, University of Toronto

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    • Publication planned for: January 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107041134
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Stages of language endangerment
    3. Working in a community
    4. Identity and attitudes
    5. Language knowledge and use
    6. The sociolinguistic setting
    7. Linguistic processes
    8. Policy and planning
    9. Language reclamation
    10. Methodology
    11. Conclusion.

  • Authors

    David Bradley, La Trobe University, Victoria
    David Bradley is Professor of Linguistics at La Trobe University, Victoria and President of the UNESCO Comité International Permanent des Linguistes. He has authored or contributed to many books including the UNESCO Atlas of Languages in Danger (3rd edition, 2010).

    Maya Bradley, La Trobe University, Victoria
    Maya Bradley established Linguistics at La Trobe University, Victoria after teaching at other universities on three continents. She has co-authored or co-edited several books, including Language Endangerment and Language Maintenance (2002).

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