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It's Been Said Before

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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Minority Languages and Group Identity
Subtitle: Cases and Categories
Written By: John Edwards
Series Title: IMPACT: Studies in Language and Society 27

The central concern in this book is the relationship between language and
group identity, a relationship that is thrown into greatest relief in
‘minority’ settings. Since much of the current interest in minority
languages revolves around issues of identity politics, language rights and
the plight of ‘endangered’ languages, one aim of the book is to summarise
and analyse these and other pivotal themes. Furthermore, since the
uniqueness of every language-contact situation does not rest upon unique
elements or features – but, rather, upon the particular weightings and
combinations of features that recur across settings – the second aim here
is to provide a general descriptive framework within which a wide range of
contact settings may be more easily understood. The book thus begins with a
discussion of such matters as language decline, maintenance and revival,
the dynamics of minority languages, and the ecology of language. It then
offers a typological framework that draws and expands upon previous
categorising efforts. Finally, the book presents four case studies that are
both intrinsically interesting and – more importantly – provide specific
illustrations of the generalities discussed earlier.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Discipline of Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027218668
ISBN-13: 9789027218667
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
U.S. $ 149.00
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027288684
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
U.S. $ 149.00