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Endangered Languages of Austronesia (Hardback)
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Endangered Languages of Austronesia (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 26/11/2009
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Austronesian is the largest language family on earth: Some 1300 languages, 20% of the world's total, are spoken by 270 million people in a region that extends from Easter Island in the Pacific 10,000 miles west to Madagascar off the coast of Africa. Many of the languages in this diverse and linguistically rich region are undocumented and in imminent danger of extinction. This book provides a critical account of current knowledge, reviews the state of the documentation of languages in the region, and considers the linguistic effects of government policies and economic change. The editor's introduction draws out the key issues and themes. An overview of the Austronesian language family then examines the historical relations between the languages, their diversity, and their distribution in the region and describes the nature and aims of contemporary research. Individual chapters are then devoted to the revitalization of languages in Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, East Timor, and Vanuatu. This pioneering account of one of the world's most linguistically rich regions offers direction and impetus to research in linguistics and anthropology, and holds out the means of saving many endangered languages and cultures.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199544547
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 750 g
Dimensions: 253 x 178 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
... a substantial contribution to the field of language documentation and language endangerment ... of wide interest not just to specialists in Austronesian languages, and to those concerned with language documentation and langugage endangerment worldwide. It will prove invaluable and thought-provoking to sociolinguistics across all language families. * Darrell Tryon, Studies in Language Vol. 35:2 *

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