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Title: The Habitat of Australia's Aboriginal Languages
Subtitle: Past, present and future
Edited By: Gerhard Leitner
Ian G. Malcolm
URL: http://www.degruyter.com/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-9783110190793-1&l=E
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 179

The languages of Aboriginal Australians have attracted a considerable
amount of interest among scholars from such diverse fields as linguistics,
political studies, archaeology or social history. As a result, there is a
large number of studies on a variety of issues to do with Aboriginal
Australian languages and the social contexts in which they are used. There
is, however, no integrative reader that is easily accessible to the
non-specialist in any of the areas concerned. The collection edited by
Leitner and Malcolm fills this gap. Looking at Aborigines and Torres Strait
Islanders and their changing habitats from pre-colonial times to the
present, the book covers languages from a structural and functional
linguistic perspective, moves on to the issue of cultural maintenance and
then turns to language policy, planning and the educational and legal
dimensions. Among the many themes discussed are: the social and linguistic
history of language contact after 1788 (including the Macassans); the
demographic base of indigenous languages; traditional indigenous languages;
results of language contact such as the modification of traditional
languages and the rise of contact languages (pidgins, creoles, especially
Kriol, Torres Strait Creole, and Aboriginal English); the impact of the
Aboriginal languages on mainstream Australian English; maintenance, shift,
revival and documentation of indigenous and contact languages; language
planning; language in education; language in the media; language in the law
courts. The contributors are leading experts in their fields. The book can
serve as a reader for university courses but also as a state-of-the-art
work and resource for specialists like applied linguists or educational

Of Interest To:

Students and Experts of General Linguistics and Typology, of English
Studies (especially Ethnic Varieties), of Sociolinguistics and the
Ethnography of Speaking, of Educational Linguistics and Language Planning.

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Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9783110190793
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Pages: 389
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