Language Death and Language Maintenance: Theoretical, Practical and Descriptive Approaches

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Mark Janse, Sijmen Tol
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 244 pages
Languages are dying at an alarming rate all over the world. Estimates range from 50% to as much as 90% by the end of the century. This collection of original papers tries to strike a balance between theoretical, practical and descriptive approaches to language death and language maintenance. It provides overviews of language endangerment in Africa, Eurasia, and the Greater Pacific Area. It also presents case studies of endangered languages from various language families. These descriptive case studies not only provide data on the degree of endangerment and the causes of language death, but also provide a general sociolinguistic and typological characterization the language(s) under discussion and the prospects of language maintenance (if any). The volume will be of interest to all those concerned with the ongoing extinction of the world s linguistic diversity.
 

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Contents

THE ENDANGERED LANGUAGES ISSUE AS A HOPELESS CAUSE
1
THE LANGUAGE SITUATION AND LANGUAGE ENDANGERMENT IN THE GREATER PACIFIC AREA
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The northern islands of the Pacific world
45
LANGUAGE ENDANGERMENT IN INDONESIATHE INCIPIENT OBSOLESCENCE AND ACUTE DEATH OF TEUN NILA AND SERUA CENT...
49
List of quarters in Waipia their island and language affiliation
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AN ENDANGERED LANGUAGE
81
THE GRADUAL DISAPPEARANCE OF A EURASIAN LANGUAGE FAMILY THE CASE OF YENISEYAN
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THE ENDANGERED URALIC LANGUAGES ROGIER BLOKLAND CORNELIUS HASSELBLATT
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LOSS OF LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY IN AFRICA
157
ONGOTA BIRALE AMORIBUND LANGUAGE OF SOUTHWEST ETHIOPIA GRAZIANO SAV
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AN ENDANGERED LANGUAGE THE GRDD LANGUAGE OF THE SOUTHERN BAUCHI AREA NIGERIA
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The first lesson of P Jika Dogo
209
RESIAN AS A MINORITY LANGUAGE
215
Index of languages
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Index of names
237
Index of subjects
241

ENDANGERED TURKIC LANGUAGES THE CASE OF GAGAUZ
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