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Vanishing voices : the extinction of the world's languages

Author: Daniel Nettle; Suzanne Romaine
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2000.
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Few people know that nearly 100 native languages once spoken in what is now California are near extinction, or that most of Australia's 250 aboriginal languages have vanished. In fact, at least half of the world's languages may die out in the next century. What has happened to these voices? Should we be alarmed about the disappearance of linguistic diversity? The authors of Vanishing Voices assert that this trend is
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Nettle, Daniel.
Vanishing voices.
New York : Oxford University Press, ©2000
(OCoLC)606314524
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Nettle; Suzanne Romaine
ISBN: 0195136241 9780195136241 0195152468 9780195152463
OCLC Number: 41580409
Awards: Winner of Winner of the BAAL Book Prize 2001.
Description: x, 241 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1: Where have all the languages gone?. Why and how are languages dying? ; Where and when are languages at risk? ; Why worry about languages dying? ; What can be done? --
pt. 2: A world of diversity. How many languages are there and where are they spoken? ; Hotbeds of linguistic diversity ; Endangerment : the extent of the threat ; Biolinguistic diversity : some correlations between the linguistic and biological worlds --
pt. 3: Lost words/lost worlds. Sudden versus gradual death ; What happens in gradual death? ; What is being lost 1 : a rose by any other name? ; What is being lost 2 : what's mine is mine? ; What is being lost 3 : women, fire and dangerous things ; Lost languages, lost knowledge --
pt. 4: The ecology of language. Babel in paradise : Papua New Guinea ; Why are there so many languages? ; The ways languages die ; What has changed --
pt. 5: The biological wave. The Paleolithic world system ; The Neolithic revolution ; Different trajectories after the Neolithic ; The Neolithic aftershock ; The untouched world --
pt. 6: The economic wave. The rise to dominance ; Economic takeoff ; First casualties : the Celtic languages ; The spread to the developing world ; Double dangers --
pt. 7: Why something should be done. Why bother? ; Making choices ; Language, development and sustainability ; Indigenous knowledge systems ; Language rights and human rights --
pt. 8: Sustainable futures. Bottom up approaches to language maintenance : some case studies ; Settling for less, but getting more? ; Who's afraid of bilingualism? ; Living without a heart ; Planning for survival : languages as natural resources ; Some top down strategies.
Responsibility: Daniel Nettle and Suzanne Romaine.
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Half of all known languages have disappeared in the last 500 years and 90 per cent of all languages are in danger of becoming extinct in the next 100. The authors argue that the loss of linguistic  Read more...

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a "splendid and disturbing book." * The Irish Times (Dublin) * "Vanishing Voices is an urgent call to arms about the impending loss of one of our great resources. Nettle and Romaine paint a Read more...

 
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