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When languages die : the extinction of the world's languages and the erosion of human knowledge

Author: K David Harrison
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In When Languages Die, K. David Harrison illustrates the individual face of language loss, as well as its global scale. Languages are the accretion of thousands of years of a peopleʼs science and art - from observations of ecological patterns to creation myths. The author shows that the disappearance of a language is a loss not only for the community of speakers itself but also for our common human knowledge of
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Harrison, K. David.
When languages die.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)607864169
Online version:
Harrison, K. David.
When languages die.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)628195068
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: K David Harrison
ISBN: 9780195181920 0195181921 9780195372069 0195372069
OCLC Number: 65425996
Awards: Winner of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2007.
Description: x, 292 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: A world of many (fewer) voices --
An extinction of (ideas about) species --
Case study: vanishing herds and reindeer words --
Many moons ago: traditional calendars and time-reckoning --
Case study: nomads of western Mongolia --
An atlas in the mind --
Case study: wheel of fortune and a blessing --
Silent storytellers, lost legends --
Case study: new rice versus old knowledge --
Endangered number systems: counting to twenty on your toes --
Case study: the leaf-cup people, India's modern 'primitives' --
Worlds within words.
Responsibility: K. David Harrison.
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It is commonly agreed by linguists and anthropologists that the majority of languages spoken around the globe will likely disappear over a lifetime. This book focuses on questions, such as: What  Read more...

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K. David Harrison makes an excellent case for studying our disappearing languages. Intrepid and dedicated, he is committed to salvaging what he can before it is too late. * Gregory Norminton, TLS * Read more...

 
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