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Description - Dying Words by Nicholas Evans

The next century will see more than half of the world?s 6,000
languages become extinct, and most of these will disappear without
being adequately recorded. Written by one of the leading figures in
language documentation, this fascinating book explores what
humanity stands to lose as a result.

Explores the unique philosophy, knowledge, and cultural
assumptions of languages, and their impact on our collective
intellectual heritage

Questions why such linguistic diversity exists in the first
place, and how can we can best respond to the challenge of
recording and documenting these fragile oral traditions while they
are still with us

Written by one of the leading figures in language
documentation, and draws on a wealth of vivid examples from his own
field experience

Brings conceptual issues vividly to life by weaving in
portraits of individual ?last speakers? and anecdotes
about linguists and their discoveries

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631233060
ISBN-10: 0631233067
Format: Paperback / softback
(243mm x 172mm x 18mm)
Pages: 310
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Apr-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Nicholas Evans

Nicholas Evans is Professor of Linguistics at the Australian National University and a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is on the editorial boards of the journals Linguistic Typology and Australian Journal of Linguistics, and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. He is the author of a number of books, including Bininj Gun-wok (2 volumes, 2001), Archaeology and Linguistics: Aboriginal Australia in Global Perspective (co-edited with Patrick McConvell, 1998), and A Grammar of Kayardild (1992).

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