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
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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

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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

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

Written In: English (eng)

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Cambridge University Press

----------------------------- Major Supporting Publishers -----------------------------
Akademie Verlag GmbH
Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cascadilla Press
Classiques Garnier
De Gruyter Mouton
Edinburgh University Press
Elsevier Ltd
Equinox Publishing Ltd
European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Georgetown University Press
John Benjamins
Lincom GmbH
MIT Press
Multilingual Matters
Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG
Oxford University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Peter Lang AG
Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
University of Toronto Press

--------------------------- Other Supporting Publishers ---------------------------
Association of Editors of the Journal of Portuguese Linguistics
International Pragmatics Assoc.
Linguistic Association of Finland
Morgan & Claypool Publishers
Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
Seoul National University
SIL International Publications
Universitat Jaume I
University of Nebraska Press
Utrecht institute of Linguistics

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