The Vanishing Languages of the Pacific Rim

The Vanishing Languages of the Pacific Rim

by Osahito Miyaoka
     
 

ISBN-10: 019926662X

ISBN-13: 9780199266623

Pub. Date: 05/31/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

This book presents the first comprehensive survey of the languages of the Pacific rim, a vast region containing the greatest typological and genetic diversity in the world. It includes the littoral regions of North and South America, Australasia, east and south-east Asia, and Japan, as well as the Pacific itself. As its languages decline and disappear, sometimes

Overview

This book presents the first comprehensive survey of the languages of the Pacific rim, a vast region containing the greatest typological and genetic diversity in the world. It includes the littoral regions of North and South America, Australasia, east and south-east Asia, and Japan, as well as the Pacific itself. As its languages decline and disappear, sometimes without trace, this rich linguistic heritage is rapidly eroding.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199266623
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2007
Series:
Oxford Linguistics Ser.
Pages:
418
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Part I
1. Mass Language Extinction, and Documentation: The Race Against Time, Michael E. Krauss
2. Documenting and/or Preserving Endangered Languages, Bernard Comrie
3. Encounters at the Brink: Linguistic Fieldwork Among Speakers of Endangered Languages, Colette Grinevald
4. Language Policy and Language Rights, David Bradley
5. Role of Written Records in Documenting and Revitalizing Endangered Languages: Toward a 'Field Philological' Approach, Toshihide Nakayama
6. Endangered Language Communities and Linguists: Listening to the Voices of Indigenous Peoples and Working Toward a Linguistics of Language Revitalization, Marcellino Berardo, and Akira Y. Yamamoto
7. Pidgins and Creoles in the Context of Language Endangerment in the Pacific, Peter Muhlhausler and Sabine Ehrhart
8. A Functional View of Linguistic Diversity and its Diminution, Osahito Miyaoka
Part II
South Pacific (Rim)
9. Middle American Languages, Yoshiho Yasugi
10. Languages of the Pacific Coast of South America, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
11. Fuegian Languages, Oscar E. Aguilera F.
12. Australian Indigenous Languages, Michael Walsh
13. New Guidean Languages, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and Tonya N. Stebbins
14. The Pacific Region: Malayo-Polynesian, Osamu Sakiyama
Southeast Asia
15. Endangerment of Austronesian Languages in Formosa, Shigeru Tsuchida and Naomi Tsukida
16. Mainland Southest Asia, David Bradley
17. Minority Languages of China, Dory Poa and Randy J. LaPolla
18. Japanese Dialects and Ryukyuan, Shinji Sanada and Yukio Uemura
Northern Pacific Rim
19. Nivkh and Ainu, Hiroshi Nakagawa and Osami Okuda
20. Siberia: Tungusic and Paleosiberian, Toshiro Tsumagari, Megumi Kurebito, and Fubito Endo
21. Status of Alaska Native Languages 1970-2000 and their Documentation, Michael E. Krass
22. Languages of the Northwest Coast, Honore Watanabe and Fumiko Sasama
23. The Languages of California, Leanne Hinton
24. Languages of the Southweat United States, Kumiko Ichihashi-Nakayama, Yukihiro Yumitani, and Akira Y. Yamamoto

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