When languages die : the extinction of the world's languages and the erosion of human knowledge (eBook, 2007) [WorldCat.org]
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When languages die : the extinction of the world's languages and the erosion of human knowledge

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.
Series: Oxford studies in sociolinguistics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Harrison, K. David.
When languages die.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(DLC) 2006045308
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: K David Harrison
ISBN: 9780198040170 0198040172 1281162515 9781281162519 9780199870622 0199870624 0199707286 9780199707287 9781429486996 1429486996 9786611162511 6611162518
OCLC Number: 171255828
Language Note: English.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Awards: Winner of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2007.
Description: 1 online resource (x, 292 pages) : illustrations, maps
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
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.
Series Title: Oxford studies in sociolinguistics.
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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In this scholarly yet very readable study, Harrison writes powerfully of the value and beauty of these vanishing knowledge systems. * PD Smith, The Guardian * K. David Harrison makes an excellent Read more...

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