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What is English? And Why Should We Care?

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To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.

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Title: Making Dictionaries
Subtitle: Preserving Indigenous Languages of the Americas
Edited By: William J. Frawley
Kenneth Hill
Pamela Munro
URL: http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/9489.html

Many indigenous American languages face imminent extinction, and the dictionary, often the only written documentation of these languages, stands as a powerful tool in preserving them. These essays, written by leading scholars in Native American language studies, provide a comprehensive picture of the theory and practice of Native American lexicography. The contributors discuss the technical, social, and personal challenges involved with the complex task of creating a dictionary of a Native American language. The book is also the first of its kind to address both standard and new issues surrounding the challenging task of transforming oral languages in general into written dictionaries. Making Dictionaries will be an invaluable source for those involved with all aspects of documenting and understanding endangered languages and for the increasing number of native communities engaged in language reclamation and preservation efforts.


1. Theoretical and Universal Implications of Certain Verbal Entries in Dictionaries of the Misumalpa Languages
Ken Hale and Danilo Salamanca
2. Morphology in Cherokee Lexicography: The Cherokee-English Dictionary
William Pulte and Durbin Feeling
3. Lexical Fuctions as a Heuristic for Huichol
Joseph E. Grimes
4. Entries for Verbs in American Indian Language Lexicography
Pamela Munro
5. Multiple Assertions, Grammatical Constructions, Lexical Pragmatics, and the Eastern Ojibwa-Chippewa-Ottowa Dictionary
Richard A. Rhodes

6. Issues of Standardization and Community in Aboriginal Language Lexicography
Keren Rice and Leslie Saxon
7. A Dictionary for Whom? Tensions between Academic and Nonacademic Functions of Bilingual Dictionaries
Leanne Hinton and William F. Weigel
8. Language Renewal and the Technologies of Literacy and Postliteracy: Reflections from Western Mono
Paul V. Kroskrity

9. An Interactive Dictionary and Text Corpus for Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Nahuatl
Una Canger
10. What's in a Word? The Whys and What Fors of a Nahuatl Dictionary
Jonathan D. Amith
11. The Comparative Siouan Dictionary
David S. Rood and John E. Koontz

12. Writing a Nez Perce Dictionary
Haruo Aoki
13. On Publishing the Hopi Dictionary
Kenneth C. Hill
14. Writing a User-Friendly Dictionary
Catherine A. Callaghan
15. The NAPUS (Native American Placenames of the United States) Project: Principles and Problems
William Bright
16. Alonso de Molina as Lexicographer
Mary L. Clayton and R. Joe Campbell

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Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0520229959
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 455
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ISBN: 0520229967
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 455
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