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In Spoken Here, Mark Abley takes us on a world tour from the Arctic Circle to Oklahoma to Australia in a fervent quest to document some of the world's most endangered languages. His mission is urgent: Of the six thousand languages spoken in the world today, only six hundred may survive into the next century. Abley visits the exotic and frequently remote locales that are home to fading languages and constructs engaging and entertaining portraits of some of the last living speakers of these tongues. Throughout this exhilarating travelogue, he points out that the same forces that put biological species at risk — development, globalization, loss of habitat — are also threatening human languages, and with them, something very basic about their speakers' cultures.

About the Author

Mark Abley, a winner of Canada's National Newspaper Award, writes for the Times Literary Supplement, the Montreal Gazette, and other publications. He speaks English, French, and a little Welsh.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618565832
Author:
Abley, Mark
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
April 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.28x5.61x.81 in. .93 lbs.

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