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Media: "Deaths of Languages"/Natural History

Submitter: Larry Trask

Submitter Email: larryt@cogs.susx.ac.uk
Media Body: I can add one more valuable magazine article to those cited by Veronika
Koller:

Jared Diamond. 'Deaths of languages'. Natural History, April 2001, pp.
30-38.

This article deals with language death and minority languages, with
particular attention to Gothic and Frisian.


Larry Trask
COGS
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QH
UK

larryt@cogs.susx.ac.uk

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Issue Number: 12.2532
Date Posted: October 11, 2001

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