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Language in danger : the loss of linguistic diversity and the threat to our future

Author: Andrew Dalby
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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[This text] is an unsettling historical investigation into the disappearance of languages and the consequences that future generations may face. Whether describing the effects of Latin's displacement of native languages in the aftermath of Rome's imperial expansion or the aggressive extermination of hundreds of indigenous North American languages through a brutal policy of forcing Native Americans to learn English,  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Dalby
OCLC Number: 52610460
Notes: Originally published: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2003.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Language and our species --
Language and change --
Language and community --
Language and nation --
How to become a global language --
When we lose a language --
Loss of diversity.
Responsibility: Andrew Dalby.

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[This text] is an unsettling historical investigation into the disappearance of languages and the consequences that future generations may face. Whether describing the effects of Latin's displacement of native languages in the aftermath of Rome's imperial expansion or the aggressive extermination of hundreds of indigenous North American languages through a brutal policy of forcing Native Americans to learn English, [the author] reveals that linguistic extinction has traditionally occurred as a result of economic inequality, political oppression, and even genocide. [In the text, he also] argues that humanity needs linguistic variety not only to communicate, but to sustain and enhance our understanding of the world.-Dust jacket.

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