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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

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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: Tengger Javanese Add Dissertation
Author: Thomas Conners Update Dissertation
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Institution: Yale University, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 2008
Linguistic Subfield(s): Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Anthropological Linguistics;
Subject Language(s): Javanese
Director(s): David Gil
Joseph Errington
Dianne Jonas

Abstract: This dissertation provides a description and analysis of salient aspects of
the grammar of Tengger Javanese. The data collected for and described in
this work is the result of the author's year and half long field in the
volcanic highlands of the Tengger Massif in East Java, Indonesia. The first
part of the dissertation focuses on the history, sociolinguistic setting,
and lexicon, phonology, and basic morphology of the dialect. The second and
larger part of the dissertation describes and explores aspects of the
morphosyntax and syntax of Tengger Javanese. The language is place within
both a synchronic perspective, though a comparison with other dialects of
Javanese and other related languages, and also a diachronic perspective,
through comparisons with Old and Middle Javanese. Issues relevant to
Austronesian studies in general such as voice systems, word order,
constituency, and applicatives are all addressed. The approach taken is
empirical, with the primary goal of the dissertation to accurately
explicate the complex linguistic patterns found within the Tengger dialect
itself. Through the synchronic and diachronic comparisons, the Tengger
dialect is placed typologically both within the Austronesian languages, but
also comparatively with non-Austronesian languages.