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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.
Series: Oxford studies in sociolinguistics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : 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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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Harrison, K. David.
When languages die.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(DLC) 2006045308
(OCoLC)65425996
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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