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Media: "Deaths of Languages"/Natural History

Submitter: Larry Trask

Submitter Email: larryt@cogs.susx.ac.uk
Media Body: I can add one more valuable magazine article to those cited by Veronika

Jared Diamond. 'Deaths of languages'. Natural History, April 2001, pp.

This article deals with language death and minority languages, with
particular attention to Gothic and Frisian.

Larry Trask
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QH


Issue Number: 12.2532
Date Posted: October 11, 2001

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