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Title: Language Death
Written By: David Crystal

The rapid endangerment and death of many minority languages across the
world is a matter of widespread concern, not only among linguists and
anthropologists but among all interested in the issues of cultural identity
in an increasingly globalized culture. A leading commentator and popular
writer on language issues, David Crystal asks the fundamental question,
"Why is language death so important?", reviews the reasons for the current
crisis, and investigates what is being done to reduce its impact. By some
counts, only 600 of the 6,000 or so languages in the world are "safe" from
the threat of extinction. By some reckonings, the world will, by the end of
the twenty-first century, be dominated by a small number of major
languages. Language Death provides a stimulating and accessible account of
this crisis, brimming with salutary and thought-provoking facts and figures
about a phenomenon which--like the large-scale destruction of the
environment--is both peculiarly modern and increasingly global. The book
contains not only intelligent argument, but moving descriptions of the
decline and demise of particular languages, and practical advice for anyone
interested in pursuing the subject further.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521012716
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 208
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U.K. £ 15