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Tue May 27 2014

Books: Small-Language Fates and Prospects: Dorian

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Date: 26-May-2014
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Subject: Small-Language Fates and Prospects: Dorian
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Title: Small-Language Fates and Prospects
Subtitle: Lessons of Persistence and Change from Endangered Languages: Collected Essays
Series Title: Brill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture
Published: 2014
Publisher: Brill

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Author: Nancy Dorian
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004230514 Pages: 490 Price: Europe EURO 125
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004230514 Pages: 490 Price: U.S. $ 162

In "Small-language Fates and Prospects" Nancy C. Dorian gathers findings from decades of documenting an endangered Scottish Gaelic dialect, presenting detailed evidence of contraction and loss but also recording a positive role for imperfect speakers. Retention of language skills undervalued by linguists but positively viewed by the community has supported the survival of local Gaelic-English bilingualism well beyond early predictions. Nonetheless, potent factors that threaten small-language survival everywhere have also operated here. Negative social attitudes towards the minority population, loss of a traditional occupation, the increasing impact of majority-culture ideologies, are recurrent phenomena in small-language settings. Maintenance or revitalization efforts pose special challenges under these circumstances, as does fieldwork itself when adverse sociohistorical forces have left very few fluent speakers.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                            Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Gaelic, Scottish (gla)

Written In: English (eng)

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