Language Death / Edition 1

Language Death / Edition 1

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by David Crystal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521012716

ISBN-13: 2900521012712

Pub. Date: 04/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The rapid endangerment and death of many minority languages across the world is a matter of widespread concern, not only among linguists and anthropologists but among all interested in the issues of cultural identity in an increasingly globalized culture. A leading commentator and popular writer on language issues, David Crystal asks the fundamental question, "Why is…  See more details below

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The rapid endangerment and death of many minority languages across the world is a matter of widespread concern, not only among linguists and anthropologists but among all interested in the issues of cultural identity in an increasingly globalized culture. A leading commentator and popular writer on language issues, David Crystal asks the fundamental question, "Why is language death so important?", reviews the reasons for the current crisis, and investigates what is being done to reduce its impact. By some counts, only 600 of the 6,000 or so languages in the world are "safe" from the threat of extinction. By some reckonings, the world will, by the end of the twenty-first century, be dominated by a small number of major languages. Language Death provides a stimulating and accessible account of this crisis, brimming with salutary and thought-provoking facts and figures about a phenomenon which—like the large-scale destruction of the environment—is both peculiarly modern and increasingly global. The book contains not only intelligent argument, but moving description of the decline and demise of particular languages, and practical advice for anyone interested in pursuing the subject further.

About the Author:

David Crystal has written extensively on language. An internationally renowned writer, journal editor, lecturer, and broadcaster on language matters, and formerly Professor of Linguistics at the University of Reading, David Crystal lives with his family in Wales.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900521012712
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Series:
Canto Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
210

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. What is language death?; 2. Why should we care?; 3. Why does languages die?; 4. Where do we begin?; 5. What can be done?; List of organisations; Further reading; Index of languages; Subject index.

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Language Death 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LaraMI More than 1 year ago
David Crystal's Language Death is persuasive and winning!
Easy read, I would also recommend Crystal's other books!