Dying Words (Heftet)

Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us

Serie: The Language Library 


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Innbinding: Heftet
Utgivelsesår: 2008
Antall sider: 310
Forlag: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN/EAN: 9780631233060
Omtale Dying Words
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 heritageQuestions 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 usWritten by one of the leading figures in language documentation, and draws on a wealth of vivid examples from his own field experienceBrings conceptual issues vividly to life by weaving in portraits of individual last speakers and anecdotes about linguists and their discoveries

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