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Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2003

    Good read

    This is a quality book. Its really worth 4 1/2 stars. You don't have to be schooled in linguistics to understand it. It's beautifully discriptive in places, it'll show you how cultures that existed long before ours see the world and express it through language and how languages change and adapt and evolve with the people who speak them. You don't get lost in detailed technical paragraphs and you get informative case studies of languages including reasons for extinction and methods of survival. My only criticism of the book is that it feels too sorrowful and moody in places. Who wouldn't find so much history swallowed up in a few generations by the English speaking juggernaut of globalization at least sorrowful? I found that parts of it maybe unintentionally were just a little too bogged down by that, and tough to read. But you do get a really good history of how the English language has come to dominate the world. All in all, solid book...if you're interested at all in language, travel, social anthropology or all three, you'll really like it.

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