Vanishing Voices by Daniel Nettle
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Vanishing Voices
By Daniel Nettle

Vanishing Voices

The Extinction of the World's Languages

By (author) See other recent books by Daniel Nettle See other recent books by Suzanne Romaine
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $24.95
Your Price: $22.46 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $2.50! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $1.12 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply



Vanishing Voices by Daniel Nettle

Book Description

A dramatic account of the rate of language extinction, and how it endangers the future of biodiversity Few people know that nearly 100 native languages once spoken in what is now California are near extinction, or that most of Australia's 250 aboriginal languages have vanished. In fact, at least half of the world's languages may die out in the next century. What has happened to these voices? Should we be alarmed about the disappearance of linguistic diversity? The authors of Vanishing Voices assert that this trend is far more than simply disturbing. Making explicit the link between language survival and environmental issues, they 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. And while Nettle and Romaine defend the world's endangered languages, they also pay homage to the last speakers of dying tongues, such as Red Thundercloud, a Native American in South Carolina, Ned Mandrell, with whom the Manx language passed away in 1974, and Arthur Bennett, an Australian, the last person to know more than a few words of Mbabaram. In our languages lies the accumulated knowledge of humanity. Indeed, each language is a unique window on experience. Vanishing Voices is a call to preserve this resource, before it is too late.

Buy Vanishing Voices book by Daniel Nettle from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9780195152463
ISBN-10: 0195152468
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 155mm x 18mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions...


Books By Author Daniel Nettle

Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far by Daniel Nettle Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far, Hardback (October 2013)

An updated edition of Sagmeister's popular and influential book, with 48 additional pages. The projects began as a list under the title "Things I have learned in my life so far" which he transformed into typographic works. Taken together, the collection is part design project, part work of art, part examination of the pursuit of happiness.

Evolution and Genetics for Psychology by Daniel Nettle Evolution and Genetics for Psychology, Paperback (May 2009)

Evolution and Genetics for Psychology lays out the conceptual toolkit one needs in order to think in evolutionary terms - and to apply this thinking to any subject. With the toolkit firmly in place, it goes on to show how these key concepts are applied to issues of human behaviour, from sex to social relationships, to learning.

Personality by Daniel Nettle Personality, Paperback (February 2009)

Why are some people worriers and others wanderers? Why do some seem good at empathizing and others at controlling? Daniel Nettle takes us on a tour through the science of human personality, looking at the latest findings from psychology, brain science, and evolution to explore the mystery of what makes us the way we are.

Happiness by Daniel Nettle Happiness, Paperback (July 2006)

What is happiness? What makes us happy? Why do we strive for happiness? And how might we achieve it? Daniel Nettle explores the origins and purpose of our pursuit of happiness, and uses the results of recent psychological studies to find answers to these questions and more.

» View all books by Daniel Nettle

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Vanishing Voices book by Daniel Nettle and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Author Biography - Daniel Nettle

Daniel Nettle is the author The Fyem Language of Northern Nigeria and Linguistic Diversity (OUP). Suzanne Romaine is Merton Professor of English Language at the University of Oxford and is the author of Language in Society: An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (OUP)

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Daniel Nettle close
Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far by Daniel Nettle
Evolution and Genetics for Psychology by Daniel Nettle
Personality by Daniel Nettle
Happiness by Daniel Nettle
Strong Imagination by Daniel Nettle
Strong Imagination by Daniel Nettle
Vanishing Voices by Daniel Nettle
Linguistic Diversity by Daniel Nettle
Linguistic Diversity by Daniel Nettle
»
Recent books by Suzanne Romaine close
Socio-Historical Linguistics by Suzanne Romaine
Language in Australia by Suzanne Romaine
Vanishing Voices by Suzanne Romaine
Language in Society by Suzanne Romaine
Vanishing Voices by Suzanne Romaine
Cambridge History of the English Language by Suzanne Romaine
Communicating Gender by Suzanne Romaine
Bilingualism by Suzanne Romaine
Language Education and Development by Suzanne Romaine
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close