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Thu Mar 20 2003

Books: Lang Planning (Socioling): Janse & Tol (eds)

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  1. paul, Language Death and Language Maintenance: Janse & Tol (eds)

Message 1: Language Death and Language Maintenance: Janse & Tol (eds)

Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 11:42:42 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Language Death and Language Maintenance: Janse & Tol (eds)

Title: Language Death and Language Maintenance
Subtitle: Theoretical, practical and descriptive approaches
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 240
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
Book URL:
Editor: Mark Janse, Linguistic Bibliography, Ghent University,
	University of Amsterdam
Editor: Sijmen Tol, Linguistic Bibliography 
Hardback: ISBN: 1588113825, Pages: xviii, 244 pp., Price: USD 95.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027247528, Pages: xviii, 244 pp., Price: EUR 95.00

Languages are dying at an alarming rate all over the world. Estimates
range from 50% to as much as 90% by the end of the century. This
collection of original papers tries to strike a balance between
theoretical, practical and descriptive approaches to language death
and language maintenance. It provides overviews of language
endangerment in Africa, Eurasia, and the Greater Pacific Area. It also
presents case studies of endangered languages from various language
families. These descriptive case studies not only provide data on the
degree of endangerment and the causes of language death, but also
provide a general sociolinguistic and typological characterization the
language(s) under discussion and the prospects of language maintenance
(if any). The volume will be of interest to all those concerned with
the ongoing extinction of the worlds linguistic diversity.

Contributions: Mark Janse: Introduction: Language death and language
maintenance: problems and prospects; Paul Newman: The endangered
languages issue as a hopeless cause; Stephen A. Wurm: The language
situation and language endangerment in the Greater Pacific area; Aone
van Engelhoven: Language endangerment in Indonesia: Teun, Nila and
Serua; Giovanni Stary: Sibe: an endangered language; Stefan Georg: The
gradual disappearance of a Eurasian language family: the case of
Yeniseyan; Rogier Blokland & Cornelius Hasselblatt: The endangered
Uralic languages; Astrid Menz: Endangered Turkic languages: the case
of Gagauz; Maarten Mous: Loss of linguistic diversity in Africa;
Graziano Sav�: Ongota (Birale), a moribund language of Southwest
Ethiopia; Andrew Haruna: The G�rd� language of the Southern Bauchi
area, Nigeria; Han Steenwijk: Resian as a minority language.

Lingfield(s): Language Planning (Sociolinguistics)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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