LINGUIST List 26.1103

Thu Feb 26 2015

Books: Colonialism and Missionary Linguistics: Zimmermann, Kellermeier-Rehbein (eds.)

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Date: 26-Feb-2015
From: Linda Steglich <linda.steglichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Colonialism and Missionary Linguistics: Zimmermann, Kellermeier-Rehbein (eds.)
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Title: Colonialism and Missionary Linguistics
Series Title: De Gruyter Koloniale und Postkoloniale Linguistik / Colonial and Postcolonial Linguistics (KPL/CPL) 5
Published: 2015
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/428782?format=G

Editor: Klaus Zimmermann
Editor: Birte Kellermeier-Rehbein
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110403206 Pages: 266 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110360486 Pages: 266 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

A lot of what we know about “exotic languages” is owed to the linguistic activities of missionaries. They had the languages put into writing, described their grammar and lexicon, and worked towards a standardization, which often came with Eurocentric manipulation. Colonial missionary work as intellectual (religious) conquest formed part of the Europeans' political colonial rule, although it sometimes went against the specific objectives of the official administration. In most cases, it did not help to stop (or even reinforced) the displacement and discrimination of those languages, despite oftentimes providing their very first (sometimes remarkable, sometimes incorrect) descriptions.

This volume presents exemplary studies on Catholic and Protestant missionary linguistics, in the framework of the respective colonial situation and policies under Spanish, German, or British rule. The contributions cover colonial contexts in Latin America, Africa, and Asia across the centuries. They demonstrate how missionaries dealing with linguistic analyses and descriptions cooperated with colonial institutions and how their linguistic knowledge contributed to European domination.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            History of Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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