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Dying words

Author: Evans.
Publisher: Oxford : Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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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  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Evans.
ISBN: 9780631233060 0631233067
OCLC Number: 652006217
Notes: Book.
Contents: Acknowledgments. Prologue. A Note on the Presentation of Linguistic Material. Part I: The Library of Babel. 1. Warramurrungunji's Children. 2. Four Millennia to Tune In. Part II: A Great Feast of Languages. 3. A Galapagos of Tongues. 4. Your Mind in Mine: Social Cognition in Grammar. Part III: Faint Tracks in an Ancient Wordscape: Languages and Deep World History. 5. Sprung from Some Common Source. 6. Travels in the Logosphere: Hooking Ancient Words onto Ancient Worlds. 7. Keys to Decipherment: How Living Languages Can Unlock Forgotten Scripts. Part IV: Ratchetting Each Other Up: The Coevolution of Language, Culture, and Thought. 8. Trellises of the Mind: How Language Trains Thought. 9. What Verse and Verbal Art Can Weave. Part V: Listening While We Can. 10. Renewing the Word. Epilogue: Sitting in the Dust, Standing in the Sky. Notes. References. Index of Language Names. General Index.
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