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Endangered languages : an introduction

Author: Sarah Grey Thomason
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Series: Cambridge textbooks in linguistics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Most of the 7,000 languages spoken in the world today will vanish before the end of this century, taking with them cultural traditions from all over the world, as well as linguistic structures that would have improved our understanding of the universality and variability of human language. This book is an accessible introduction to the topic of language endangerment, answering questions such as: What is it? How and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Grey Thomason
ISBN: 9780521684538 0521684536 9780521865739 0521865735
OCLC Number: 897001721
Description: xiii, 229 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Why and how languages become endangered --
3. Sliding into dormancy: social processes and linguistic effects --
4. What a community loses: language loss as cultural loss --
5. What science loses: language loss as a threat to our understanding of human history, human cognition, and the natural world --
6. Field research on endangered languages --
7. Language preservation and revitalization.
Series Title: Cambridge textbooks in linguistics.
Responsibility: Sarah G. Thomason, University of Michigan.
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An introduction to the topic of language endangerment, answering questions such as: what is it? How and why does it happen? Wy should we care? The book outlines the causes of language endangerment,  Read more...

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