LINGUIST List 20.1133

Sat Mar 28 2009

Books: Applied Ling/General Ling: Evans

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        1.    Katherine Ward, Dying Words: Evans

Message 1: Dying Words: Evans
Date: 25-Mar-2009
From: Katherine Ward <>
Subject: Dying Words: Evans
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Title: Dying Words Subtitle: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us Series Title: The Language Library Published: 2009 Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Author: Nicholas Evans Paperback: ISBN: 9780631233060 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 34.95

The next century will see more than half of the world's 6,000 languagesbecome extinct, and most of these will disappear without being adequatelyrecorded. Written by one of the leading figures in language documentation,this fascinating book explores what humanity stands to lose as a result.

-Explores the unique philosophy, knowledge, and cultural assumptions oflanguages, and their impact on our collective intellectual heritage

-Questions why such linguistic diversity exists in the first place, and howcan we can best respond to the challenge of recording and documenting thesefragile oral traditions while they are still with us

-Written by one of the leading figures in language documentation, and drawson a wealth of vivid examples from his own field experience

-Brings conceptual issues vividly to life by weaving in portraits ofindividual 'last speakers' and anecdotes about linguists and their discoveries

"Nick Evans' book is an elegant, eloquently rendered narrative of the humanstory as revealed through our languages. With deep erudition in worldliteratures both oral and written, he captures the interplay betweenspeaker and tradition, word and thought, language and land; and he shareswith his readers the intellectual life of speakers and humanist-scientistsseeking to preserve and document this heritage." -Tony Woodbury, University of Texas at Austin

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics                             General Linguistics
Written In: English (eng )

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