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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: Topics in Nivkh Phonology Add Dissertation
Author: Hidetoshi Shiraishi Update Dissertation
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Institution: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 2006
Linguistic Subfield(s): Phonology;
Subject Language(s): Gilyak
Director(s): Dicky Gilbers
John Nerbonne
Tjeerd de Graaf

Abstract: Nivkh (also called Gilyak) is a language isolate (or microfamily) spoken on the island of Sakhalin and on the lower reaches of the Amur River in the Russian Far East. The thesis consists of descriptive and theoretical parts. The descriptive parts are Chapter 2 and the introductory sections of Chapter 3 and 4. These parts aim to familiarize the reader with the basic phonology of Nivkh, and to provide background information in order to discuss the phonological issues in Chapter 3 and 4. In these descriptive sections, special emphasis is put on i) those aspects of Nivkh phonology which have been hitherto unknown, and ii) those characteristics in which the West Sakhalin dialect of Nivkh deviates from other dialects of Nivkh. Chapters 3 and 4 discuss two phonological topics: Chapter 3 deals with laryngeal phonology and Chapter 4 with Consonant Mutation. In these chapters I will first give a descriptive sketch of the issues and review the way previous works dealt with them. For both issues, I propose alternative approaches and show how the proposed analyses succeed in describing complicated phonology on the surface from a restricted number of
phonological principles and generalizations.