The Last Speakers

Author: K. David Harrison
Publisher: National Geographic Books
ISBN: 9781426204616
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The author chronicles his globe-trotting expeditions to meet with the last speakers of vanishing languages and records the speakers' reflections and their efforts to teach the languages to younger generations, in a book with photos of the speakers, graphics and two maps.

Dying Words

Author: Nicholas Evans
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444359614
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The next century will see more than half of the world’s 6,000 languages become extinct, and most of these will disappear without being adequately recorded. Written by one of the leading figures in language documentation, this fascinating book explores what humanity stands to lose as a result. Explores the unique philosophy, knowledge, and cultural assumptions of languages, and their impact on our collective intellectual heritage Questions why such linguistic diversity exists in the first place, and how can we can best respond to the challenge of recording and documenting these fragile oral traditions while they are still with us Written by one of the leading figures in language documentation, and draws on a wealth of vivid examples from his own field experience Brings conceptual issues vividly to life by weaving in portraits of individual ‘last speakers’ and anecdotes about linguists and their discoveries

When Languages Die

Author: K. David Harrison
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195372069
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Includes information on Australia, calendars, creation myths, directions, epics, fish, folksonomy, genetics, grammar, Himalayan mountains, horse, indigenous people, knowledge, literacy, maps, metaphor, months, naming, nomads, oral traditions, Os (middle Chulym), Papua New Guinea, place names, reindeer, rivers, shamans, sign languages, singing, song, species, taxonomy, units of time, time reckoning, Tofa (Tofalar, Karagas), Tuvan, writing systems, Yukaghir, etc.

Spoken Here

Author: Mark Abley
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618565832
Size: 45.38 MB
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Explores the linguistic characteristics and oddities of some of the world's threatened languages, including Max, Mohaw, Yiddish, and Boro, and the diverse forces that threaten to destroy them and the cultures that spawned them.

Endangered Languages

Author: Sarah G. Thomason
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521865735
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An introduction to language endangerment. What is it? How and why does it happen? Why should we care?

The Cambridge Handbook Of Endangered Languages

Author: Peter K. Austin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 113950083X
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It is generally agreed that about 7,000 languages are spoken across the world today and at least half may no longer be spoken by the end of this century. This state-of-the-art Handbook examines the reasons behind this dramatic loss of linguistic diversity, why it matters, and what can be done to document and support endangered languages. The volume is relevant not only to researchers in language endangerment, language shift and language death, but to anyone interested in the languages and cultures of the world. It is accessible both to specialists and non-specialists: researchers will find cutting-edge contributions from acknowledged experts in their fields, while students, activists and other interested readers will find a wealth of readable yet thorough and up-to-date information.

People Of The World

Author: Catherine Herbert Howell
Publisher: National Geographic Books
ISBN: 1426217080
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"A revised and updated edition of National Geographic book of peoples of the world, including all-new material"--Cover.

The Routledge Handbook Of Ecolinguistics

Author: Alwin F. Fill
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131741800X
Size: 60.61 MB
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The Routledge Handbook of Ecolinguistics is the first comprehensive exploration into the field of ecolinguistics, also known as language ecology. Organized into three sections that treat the different topic areas of ecolinguistics, the Handbook begins with chapters on language diversity, language minorities and language endangerment, with authors providing insight into the link between the loss of languages and the loss of species. It continues with an overview of the role of language and discourse in describing, concealing, and helping to solve environmental problems. With discussions on new orientations and topics for further exploration in the field, chapters in the last section show ecolinguistics as a pacesetter into a new scientific age. This Handbook is an excellent resource for students and researchers interested in language and the environment, language contact, and beyond.

The Story Of French

Author: Jean-Benoit Nadeau
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 0307370496
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A fascinating exploration of the historical and cultural development of the French language from the bestselling authors of Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong. Imagine a language that is watched over by a group of forty “Immortals,” a language with rules so complex that few people ever completely master it, whose status as the world’s lingua franca has been declining for two centuries, whose use in global institutions is waning and whose speakers are so insecure they pass laws banning the use of other languages and spend millions of tax-payers’ dollars to make sure it gets used in literature, music and film. Now imagine a language that is second only to English for the number of countries where it is spoken officially, surpassing both Spanish or Arabic, a language that is the official tongue of two G-7 countries and three European nations, that is employed alongside English in most international institutions and that is the number-two choice of language students across the planet – a language with two million teachers and 100 million students worldwide, and whose number of speakers has tripled in the last fifty years. This paradox is the backdrop for The Story of French, in which bilingual Canadian authors Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow unravel the mysteries of a language that has maintained its global influence in spite of the ascendancy of English. Mixing historical analysis with journalistic observation, and drawing on their experiences living in and travelling to French-speaking countries, they explore how the French language developed over the centuries, how it came to be spoken in the Americas, Africa and Asia, and how it has maintained its global appeal. From the Hardcover edition.

The Art Of Language Invention

Author: David J. Peterson
Publisher:
ISBN: 0143126466
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From master language creator David J. Peterson, creator of Game of Thrones' (HBO) Dothraki language, comes a creative guide to language construction. Peterson begins with a brief history of constructed languages, from Tolkien's creations to Klingon to the thriving global community of language construction. Then, using examples from a variety of languages including his own creations, Peterson offers a captivating and lucid overview, providing a basic foundation of essential linguistic tools for inventing and evolving one's own lexicon.