9780631233060

Dying Words

Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us

Nicholas Evans


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ISBN: 9780631233060
Published: June 2008

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The next century will see more than half of the world?s 6,000
languages become extinct, and most of these will disappear without
being adequately recorded. Written by one of the leading figures in
language documentation, this fascinating book explores what
humanity stands to lose as a result.

Explores the unique philosophy, knowledge, and cultural
assumptions of languages, and their impact on our collective
intellectual heritage

Questions why such linguistic diversity exists in the first
place, and how can we can best respond to the challenge of
recording and documenting these fragile oral traditions while they
are still with us

Written by one of the leading figures in language
documentation, and draws on a wealth of vivid examples from his own
field experience

Brings conceptual issues vividly to life by weaving in
portraits of individual ?last speakers? and anecdotes
about linguists and their discoveries

Details
  • Format:
  • ISBN: 9780631233060
  • Published: June 2008
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Number of pages: 310
  • Width (mm): 173
  • Height (mm): 248
  • Depth (mm): 16
  • Weight (g): 608

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