Cambridge Handbook Of Endangered Languages, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1139136186
  • ISBN-13: 9781139136181
  • DDC: 409
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 567 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released January 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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It is generally agreed that about 7,000 languages are spoken across the world today and at least half may no longer be spoken by the end of this century. This state-of-the-art Handbook examines the reasons behind this dramatic loss of linguistic diversity, why it matters, and what can be done to document and support endangered languages. The volume is relevant not only to researchers in language endangerment, language shift and language death, but to anyone interested in the languages and cultures of the world. It is accessible both to specialists and non-specialists: researchers will find cutting-edge contributions from acknowledged experts in their fields, while students, activists and other interested readers will find a wealth of readable yet thorough and up-to-date information.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
The Cambridge Handbook of Endangered Languages.
Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Endangered Languages.
2: Language Ecology and Endangerment.
3: Speakers and Communities.
4: A Survey of Language Endangerment.
5: Language Contact and Change in Endangered Languages.
6: Structural Aspects of Language Endangerment.
7: Language and Culture.
8: Language and Society.
9: Language Documentation.
10: Language Documentation.
11: Speakers and Language Documentation.
12: Data and Language Documentation.
13: Archiving and Language Documentation.
14: Digital Archiving.
15: Responses.
16: Language Policy for Endangered Languages.
17: Revitalization of Endangered Languages.
18: Orthography Development.
19: Lexicography in Endangered Language Communities.
20: Language Curriculum Design and Evaluation for Endangered Languages.
21: The Role of Information Technology in Supporting Minority and Endangered Languages.
22: Challenges.
23: Endangered Languages and Economic Development.
24: Researcher Training and Capacity Development in Language Documentation.
25: New Roles for Endangered Languages.
26: Planning a Language-Documentation Project.
Index of Language Names.