Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of the World's Languages

Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of the World's Languages

by Daniel Nettle, Suzanne Romaine
     
 

The authors, making explicit the link between language survival and environmental issues, argue that the extinction of languages is part of the larger picture of near-total collapse of the worldwide ecosystem. Indeed, the authors contend that the struggle to preserve precious environmental resources - such as the rainforest - cannot be separated from the struggle to… See more details below

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The authors, making explicit the link between language survival and environmental issues, argue that the extinction of languages is part of the larger picture of near-total collapse of the worldwide ecosystem. Indeed, the authors contend that the struggle to preserve precious environmental resources - such as the rainforest - cannot be separated from the struggle to maintain diverse cultures, and that the causes of language death, like that of ecological destruction, lie at the intersection of ecology and politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195136241
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1350L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1Where Have All the Languages Gone?1
2A World of Diversity26
3Lost Words/Lost Worlds50
4The Ecology of Language78
5The Biological Wave99
6The Economic Wave126
7Why Something Should Be Done150
8Sustainable Futures176
References and Further Reading205
Bibliography215
Index225

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