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Vanishing Voices : the Extinction of the World's Languages (00 Edition)

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Few people know that nearly one hundred native languages once spoken in what is now California are near extinction, or that most of Australia's 250 aboriginal languages have vanished. In fact, at least half of the world's languages may die out in the next century.

Daniel Nettle and Suzanne Romaine assert that this trend is far more than simply disturbing. Making explicit the link between language survival and environmental issues, they argue that the extinction of languages is part of the larger picture of near-total collapse of the worldwide ecosystem. Indeed, the authors contend that the struggle to preserve precious environmental resources-such as the rainforest-cannot be separated from the struggle to maintain diverse cultures, and that the causes of language death, like that of ecological destruction, lie at the intersection of ecology and politics.

In addition to defending the world's endangered languages, the authors also pay homage to the last speakers of dying tongues, such as Red Thundercloud, a Native American in South Carolina; Ned Mandrell, with whom the Manx language passed away in 1974; and Arthur Bennett, an Australian who was the last person to know more than a few words of Mbabaram.

In our languages lies the accumulated knowledge of humanity. Indeed, each language is a unique window on experience. Vanishing Voices is a call to preserve this resource, before it is too late.

About the Author

Daniel Nettle is the author The Fyem Language of Northern Nigeria and Linguistic Diversity (OUP). Suzanne Romaine is Merton Professor of English Language at the University of Oxford and is the author of Language in Society: An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (OUP). Vanishing Voices was awarded the 2001 Book of the Year Award from the British Association of Applied Linguistics.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195152463
Author:
Nettle, Daniel
Author:
Romaine, Suzanne
Author:
null, Daniel
Author:
Nettle, Daniel
Author:
null, Suzanne
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropological linguistics
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Linguistics | Sociolinguistics
Subject:
Linguistics | Sociolinguistics and Anthropological Linguistics
Subject:
Language maintenance
Subject:
Language obsolescence
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Linguistics | Sociolinguistics & Anthropological Linguistics
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Number:
New ed.
Edition Description:
Bibliography.Includes index.
Series Volume:
77
Publication Date:
20020331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 halftones, line illus and maps
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.22x6.12x.70 in. .82 lbs.

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