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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Lessons from Documented Endangered Languages
Edited By: K. David Harrison
David S. Rood
Arienne M. Dwyer
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TSL%2078
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 78
Description:

This volume represents part of an unprecedented and still growing effort to
advance, coordinate and disseminate the scientific documentation of
endangered languages. As the pace of language extinction increases,
linguists and native communities are accelerating their efforts to speak,
remember, record, analyze and archive as much as possible of our common
human heritage that is linguistic diversity. The window of opportunity for
documentation is narrower than the actual lifetime of a language, and is
now rapidly closing for many languages represented in this volume. The
authors of these papers unveil newly collected data from previously poorly
known and endangered languages. They organize highly complex linguistic
facts­ - paradigms, affixes, vowel patterns­ - while pointing out the
theoretically challenging aspects of these. Beyond this, they reflect on
the social and human dimensions, discussing particular problems of
nostalgia and modernity, memory and forgetting, and obsolescence and
ethics, while viewing language as not merely data on a page but as a living
creation in the minds and mouths of its speakers.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Language Documentation
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ISBN: 9027229902
ISBN-13: 9789027229908
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ISBN-13: 9789027290205
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