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- DescriptionIt is generally agreed that about 7,000 languages are spoken across the world today and at least half may longer be spoken by the end of this century. This state-of-the-art Handbook examines the reasons behind this dramatic loss of linguistic diversity, why it matters, and what can be done to document and support endangered languages. The volume is relevant t only to researchers in language endangerment, language shift and language death, but to anyone interested in the languages and cultures of the world. It is accessible both to specialists and n-specialists: researchers will find cutting-edge contributions from ackwledged experts in their fields, while students, activists and other interested readers will find a wealth of readable yet thorough and up-to-date information.
- Author BiographyPeter K. Austin is Marit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics and Director of the Endangered Languages Academic Programme at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Julia Sallabank is Lecturer in Language Support and Revitalisation in the Endangered Languages Academic Programme at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication24/03/2011
- Series TitleCambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note16 b/w illus. 10 tables
- Weight1290 g
- Width174 mm
- Height247 mm
- Spine34 mm
- Edited byJulia Sallabank,Peter K. Austin
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