Language Diversity in the Pacific: Endangerment and Survival

Overview

The Southwest Pacific from Southern China through Indonesia, Australia and the Pacific Islands constitutes the richest linguistic region of the world. That rich resource cannot be taken for granted. Some of its languages have already been lost; many more are under threat. The challenge is to describe the languages that exist today and to adopt policies that will support their maintenance.
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Overview

The Southwest Pacific from Southern China through Indonesia, Australia and the Pacific Islands constitutes the richest linguistic region of the world. That rich resource cannot be taken for granted. Some of its languages have already been lost; many more are under threat. The challenge is to describe the languages that exist today and to adopt policies that will support their maintenance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853598678
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2006
  • Series: Multilingual Matters Series , #134
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Denis Cunningham is Assistant Principal in the Victorian School of Languages. He has published widely in journals, reports and conferences around the world, and was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators in 2001.
David Ingram is Professor and Executive Dean in the School of Applied Language Studies in Melbourne University Private, Melbourne Australia. He has published extensively in applied linguistics.
Kenneth Sumbuk is Professor and Executive Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Papua New Guinea. His research specialty is in Papuan languages, Pidgin and Creole linguistics and dying languages.
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Table of Contents

1 Language diversity in the Pacific : endangerment and survival : an overview 1
2 World languages review: some data 15
3 Naming languages, drawing language boundaries and maintaining languages with special reference to the linguistic situation in Papua New Guinea 24
4 Obstacles to creating an inventory of languages in Indonesia : a dialectology perspective 40
5 Keeping track of indigenous language endangerment in Australia 54
6 Papua New Guinea's languages : will they survive? 85
7 Language endangerment and globalisation in the Pacific 97
8 Endangered languages of China and South-East Asia 112
9 On the edge of the Pacific : Indonesia and East Timor 121
10 The future of the languages of Vanuatu and New Caledonia 131
11 Trends and shifts in community language use in Australia, 1986-1996 137
12 irections for linguistic research : forging partnerships in language development and expansion of the domains of use of Australia's indigenous languages 162
13 The contribution of language education to the maintenance and development of Australia's language resources 180
14 Globalisation, languages and technology : some recommendations 196
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