The Persistence of Language: Constructing and confronting the past and present in the voices of Jane H. Hill

The Persistence of Language: Constructing and confronting the past and present in the voices of Jane H. Hill

by Shannon T. Bischoff, T. Giv?n, Keren Rice, Emily Kidder
     
 

This edited collection presents two sets of interdisciplinary conversations connecting theoretical, methodological, and ideological issues in the study of language. In the first section, Approaches to the study of the indigenous languages of the Americas, the authors connect historical, theoretical, and documentary linguistics to examine the crucial role ofSee more details below

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This edited collection presents two sets of interdisciplinary conversations connecting theoretical, methodological, and ideological issues in the study of language. In the first section, Approaches to the study of the indigenous languages of the Americas, the authors connect historical, theoretical, and documentary linguistics to examine the crucial role of endangered language data for the development of biopsychological theory and to highlight how methodological decisions impact language revitalization efforts. Section two, Approaches to the study of voices and ideologies, connects anthropological and documentary linguistics to examine how discourses of language contact, endangerment, linguistic purism and racism shape scholarly practice and language policy and to underscore the need for linguists and laypersons alike to acquire the analytical tools to deconstruct discourses of inequality. Together, these chapters pay homage to the scholarship of Jane H. Hill, demonstrating how a critical, interdisciplinary linguistics narrows the gap between disparate fields of analysis to treat the ecology of language in its entirety.

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Editorial Reviews

Sergio Romero
For the many conversant with the work of Jane Hill, this volume will bring up familiar concepts. It does justice to the scope and quality of scholarship in Jane Hill’s long career in anthropology and linguistics.
Nancy C. Dorian
Jane H. Hill has been a model for her students and her colleagues alike in her roles as scholar-researcher, teacher, and mentor, and her effectiveness in all of these roles emerges in the contributions her colleagues and students offer in this simultaneously inspiring and useful volume. Their work, like hers, ranges across such topics as language history, language documentation, language revitalization, and language ideology, and again, like hers, deals both with seemingly abstract matters and with matters that have immediate sociopolitical reverberations. There will be something of value here for every reader who has benefited from Hill’s own work.

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ISBN-13:
9789027202918
Publisher:
Benjamins, John Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/15/2013
Series:
Culture and Language Use, #8
Pages:
470

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