Investigating Obsolescence: Studies in Language Contraction and Death (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language)

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9780521324052: Investigating Obsolescence: Studies in Language Contraction and Death (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language)

Over the past 500 years, half the known languages of the world have vanished. This comprehensive overview of the study of contracting and dying languages, composed of twenty essays, investigates the wide scope of languages currently under threat of extinction. These disappearances occur in diverse speech communities where the expanding languages are both familiar, such as English or Spanish, and less familiar, such as Swedish, Thai and Arabic. The volume concludes with a look at how research into language obsolescence may affect other aspects of linguistics and anthropology--first and second language acquisition, historical linguistics, the study of pidgins and creoles, language and social process.

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Over the past 500 years, half the known languages of the world have vanished. This comprehensive overview of contracting and dying languages, investigates the broad scope currently under threat of extinction.

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"It is an interesting, provocative, and generally well-written book, and it is certainly time that we knew more about what happens to languages when they die....The book is very well planned, and suggests a model for other collections." Language

"It is only fitting that a preeminent pioneer in language obsolescence studies--Nancy Dorian--should be the editor of this impressive set of essays devoted exclusively to the topic of contracting languages....this data-rich collection of essays has succeeded in outlining the boundaries of a dynamic and relatively new arena of socio-linguistic research, has posed numerous, sometimes perplexing, questions about the very definition of 'a language' or 'a speaker,' has documented problems and trouble spots to beware of in carrying out research on contracting languages, has offered an inventory of traits--linguistic and social--that one may expect to encounter in such research situations, and has brought into relief both widespread and particular aspects of languages in retreat. I would expect it to become a classic text in this rapidly developing field of interdisciplinary research." Lenora A. Timm, Word

"In her preface Dorian states that the primary goal of the book is to put researchers interested in language death in touch with one another and to disseminate basic information about the field. As a valuable overview of research on dying languages, Investigating Obsolescence accomplishes these goals admirably....a fascinating piece of scholarship on many counts....It is both a stepping stone and a milestone--a stepping stone because it promotes the field's advancement by giving an overview of important research, a milestone because it establishes a more coherent agenda in a disparate and still emerging field." Carl S. Blyth, Anthropological Linguistics

"This well-documented book serves best as a starting point for further research. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries." Library Journal

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Descripción CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 2004. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Languages die for political, economic and cultural reasons, and can disappear remarkably quickly. Between ten and fifty per cent of all languages currently spoken can be considered endangered, but it is only in the past ten years or so that due importance has been given to the study of contracting and dying languages. This volume represents the first attempt to give a broad overview of current research in a developing field, and to examine some of the crucial methodological and theoretical issues to which it has given rise. It includes twenty studies by scholars who, taken together, have worked on a range of languages currently under threat across the globe. They occur in diverse speech communities where the expanding languages are not only those that are very familiar - English, Spanish, or French, for example - but also Swedish, Arabic, Thai etc. The final part of the volume is devoted to a consideration of the implications of research into language obsolescence for other aspects of linguistics and anthropology - first and second language acquisition, historical linguistics, and the study of pidgins and creoles and of language and social process. As a whole, this collection will certainly stimulate further and better co-ordinated research into a topic of direct relevance to sociolinguistics and anthropological linguistics. Nº de ref. de la librería APC9780521324052

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