Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us

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Wiley, Apr 29, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 312 pages
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The next century will see more than half of the world’s 6,000languages become extinct, and most of these will disappear withoutbeing adequately recorded. Written by one of the leading figures inlanguage documentation, this fascinating book explores whathumanity stands to lose as a result.
  • Explores the unique philosophy, knowledge, and culturalassumptions of languages, and their impact on our collectiveintellectual heritage
  • Questions why such linguistic diversity exists in the firstplace, and how can we can best respond to the challenge ofrecording and documenting these fragile oral traditions while theyare still with us
  • Written by one of the leading figures in languagedocumentation, and draws on a wealth of vivid examples from his ownfield experience
  • Brings conceptual issues vividly to life by weaving inportraits of individual ‘last speakers’ and anecdotesabout linguists and their discoveries

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I am not impressed by looking inside this book, on the computer, that on page 51 the Hebrew was printed backwards.

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Great book. Many facts and many thoughts. A must-read for a linguaphile. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Nicholas Evans is Professor of Linguistics at the Australian National University and a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is on the editorial boards of the journals Linguistic Typology and Australian Journal of Linguistics, and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. He is the author of a number of books, including Bininj Gun-wok (2 volumes, 2001), Archaeology and Linguistics: Aboriginal Australia in Global Perspective (co-edited with Patrick McConvell, 1998), and A Grammar of Kayardild (1992).

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