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Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us / Edition 1
     

Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us / Edition 1

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by Nicholas Evans
 

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ISBN-10: 0631233059

ISBN-13: 9780631233053

Pub. Date: 05/11/2009

Publisher: Wiley

The next century will see more than half of the world’s 6,000 languages become extinct, and most of these will disappear without being adequately recorded. Written by one of the leading figures in language documentation, this fascinating book explores what humanity stands to lose as a result.

  • Explores the unique philosophy, knowledge, and cultural

Overview

The next century will see more than half of the world’s 6,000 languages become extinct, and most of these will disappear without being adequately recorded. Written by one of the leading figures in language documentation, this fascinating book explores what humanity stands to lose as a result.

  • Explores the unique philosophy, knowledge, and cultural assumptions of languages, and their impact on our collective intellectual heritage
  • Questions why such linguistic diversity exists in the first place, and how can we can best respond to the challenge of recording and documenting these fragile oral traditions while they are still with us
  • Written by one of the leading figures in language documentation, and draws on a wealth of vivid examples from his own field experience
  • Brings conceptual issues vividly to life by weaving in portraits of individual ‘last speakers’ and anecdotes about linguists and their discoveries

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631233053
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/11/2009
Series:
Language Library Series , #6
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Prologue.

A Note on the Presentation of Linguistic Material.

Part I: The Library of Babel.

1. Warramurrungunji’s Children.

2. Four Millennia to Tune In.

Part II: A Great Feast of Languages.

3. A Galapagos of Tongues.

4. Your Mind in Mine: Social Cognition in Grammar.

Part III: Faint Tracks in an Ancient Wordscape: Languages and Deep World History.

5. Sprung from Some Common Source.

6. Travels in the Logosphere: Hooking Ancient Words onto Ancient Worlds.

7. Keys to Decipherment: How Living Languages Can Unlock Forgotten Scripts.

Part IV: Ratchetting Each Other Up: The Coevolution of Language,Culture, and Thought.

8. Trellises of the Mind: How Language Trains Thought.

9. What Verse and Verbal Art Can Weave.

Part V: Listening While We Can.

10. Renewing the Word.

Epilogue: Sitting in the Dust, Standing in the Sky.

Notes.

References.

Index of Language Names.

General Index.

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Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really confuising to me. I love the authors books. but this book just seemed to not be as interesting as all the other books she writes. I think its pretty good its just not a book for not very good readers.