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Tue Nov 03 2015

Books: Revitalizing Minority Languages: Hornsby

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Date: 02-Nov-2015
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Subject: Revitalizing Minority Languages: Hornsby
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Title: Revitalizing Minority Languages
Subtitle: New Speakers of Breton, Yiddish and Lemko
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities
Published: 2015
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Author: Michael Hornsby
Hardback: ISBN: 9781137498793 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 58.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781137498793 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 95.00

In recent decades the 'death' of minority languages has attracted the attention of journalists, scholars and the general public and now features in various discourses about the decline of ecological and cultural diversity due to globalization. Many minority languages are undergoing revitalization (mainly through educational initiatives) and, as a result, some of these languages can demonstrate a slowing down in the rate of decline in the number of speakers. This has led to the appearance, in many instances, of so-called 'new' speakers, that is, speakers who have acquired a minority language outside the traditional conduits of family and/or community. This book examines the background to this phenomenon and investigates the mechanisms and processes by which new speakers have appeared in Breton, Yiddish and Lemko linguistic settings, all of whom demonstrate similar struggles and successes in their attempts to use their adopted languages in a meaningful way.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Breton (bre)
                            Rusyn (rue)
                            Yiddish, Eastern (ydd)
                            Yiddish, Western (yih)

Written In: English (eng)

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Cambridge University Press

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Equinox Publishing Ltd
European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Georgetown University Press
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Lincom GmbH
MIT Press
Multilingual Matters
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Oxford University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
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Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
University of Toronto Press

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Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
Seoul National University
SIL International Publications
Universitat Jaume I
University of Nebraska Press
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