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Title: Endangered Languages of Austronesia
Description:

Austronesian is the largest language family on earth: Some 1300 languages,
20% of the world's total, are spoken by 270 million people in a region that
extends from Easter Island in the Pacific 10,000 miles west to Madagascar
off the coast of Africa. Many of the languages in this diverse and
linguistically rich region are undocumented and in imminent danger of
extinction. This book provides a critical account of current knowledge,
reviews the state of the documentation of languages in the region, and
considers the linguistic effects of government policies and economic
change. The editor's introduction draws out the key issues and themes. An
overview of the Austronesian language family then examines the historical
relations between the languages, their diversity, and their distribution in
the region and describes the nature and aims of contemporary research.
Individual chapters are then devoted to the revitalization of languages in
Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, East Timor, and Vanuatu.

This pioneering account of one of the world's most linguistically rich
regions offers direction and impetus to research in linguistics and
anthropology, and holds out the means of saving many endangered languages
and cultures.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199544549
ISBN-13: 9780199544547
Pages: 448
Prices: U.S.$ 165.00