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May I Quote You on That?

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A guide to English grammar and usage for the twenty-first century, pairing grammar rules with interesting and humorous quotations from American popular culture.

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The Cambridge Handbook of Endangered Languages

Edited By Peter K. Austin and Julia Sallabank

This book "examines the reasons behind the dramatic loss of linguistic diversity, why it matters, and what can be done to document and support endangered languages."

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Title: New Perspectives on Endangered Languages
Subtitle: Bridging gaps between sociolinguistics, documentation and language revitalization
Edited By: José Antonio Flores Farfán
Fernando F. Ramallo
Series Title: Culture and Language Use 1

Understanding sociolinguistics as a theoretical and methodological framework
hopefully could attempt to promote change and social development in human
communities. Yet it still presents important political, epistemological,
methodological and theoretical challenges. A sociolinguistics of development,
in which the revitalization of linguistic communities is the priority,
opens new perspectives for the emerging field of linguistic documentation,
in which the societal aspects of research, stressed by sociolinguistics,
have frequently been marginal. The need to focus on the documentation of
linguistic communities to contribute to the revitalization of these
communities requires an in-depth revision of a number of different
perspectives. Especially regarding the links between commonly separated
fields of enquiry such as sociolinguistics, documentation and
revitalization. Instead of creating mere museum pieces of academic
contemplation for the future, as has been the major trend up to now in
language documentation and even sociolinguistics, there is a growing
concern to join forces to revitalize the actual use of endangered languages
in order to place languages as a main focus of a community’s development
which constitutes a major challenge for both scholars, civil society and
speakers alike.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027287731
Prices: Europe EURO 90.00
U.S. $ 135.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027202819
Prices: U.K. £ 90.00
Europe EURO 95.40
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