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LINGUIST List 20.1723

Mon May 04 2009

Books: Sociolinguistics: Schmidt

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Young People's Dyirbal: Schmidt

Message 1: Young People's Dyirbal: Schmidt
Date: 03-May-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Young People's Dyirbal: Schmidt
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Title: Young People's Dyirbal
Subtitle: An Example of Language Death from Australia
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Annette Schmidt
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521106399 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 18.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521106399 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 34.99
Abstract:

In 1972 when R. M. W. Dixon's classic grammar, The Dyirbal Language of
North Queensland, was published, under thirty speakers of the 'traditional'
language remained. Now only some of their children and grandchildren use
the language; these younger people speak a simplified version. In this
impressive empirical survey, Annette Schmidt analyses the changes that have
taken place in the Dyirbal spoken by that last generation of its speakers
at the levels of phonology, morphology, syntax, the lexicon and semantics.
She also provides a detailed account of the socio-linguistic setting of the
community and the attitudes towards Dyirbal among younger speakers, their
elders and English speakers.

1. Introduction;
2. Aim and Method;
3. Sociolinguistic Perspective;
4. Structural Change;
5. Yd in Natural Context;
6. A Topic in Semantics: Changes in Noun Classification;
7. Lexicon;
8. Phonology;
9. Jambun English;
10. Language Death and General Linguistic Issues;
11. Conclusion.


Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Dyirbal (dbl)

Written In: English (eng )

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