Kikigengo - gengo no shoometsu de wareware wa nani o ushinau no ka. Endangered languages - what we will lose when languages become extinct

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    Abstract

    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
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationTokyo
    PublisherKyoto University Press and Trans Pacific Press
    Number of pages505
    ISBN (Print)9784876982097
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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