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Fri Mar 11 2011

Qs: Seeking a Rate of Language Extinction Data Set

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        1.     Roy Salume , Seeking a Rate of Language Extinction Data Set

Message 1: Seeking a Rate of Language Extinction Data Set
Date: 08-Mar-2011
From: Roy Salume <roysaccurim.com>
Subject: Seeking a Rate of Language Extinction Data Set
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Is there a recent data set that documents the rate of language
extinction/threat over the last several decades? This data would
document the rate of threat in a year-by-year or decade-by-decade
basis.

Data along these lines would allow me to highlight the increased threat
to these languages over time. I seek to plot the rate of extinction/threat
against possible contributing factors such as urbanization,
concentration of populations, and globalization trends.

I realize that documenting what may no longer exist is somewhat
problematic. However, any leads to pertinent data in this subject area
would be appreciated. Thank you,

Roy Salume
Masters Candidate
University of San Francisco

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Language Documentation

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