Author: Jason Kandybowicz Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 0190675284 Size: 73.83 MB Format: PDF, Docs Category : Language Arts & Disciplines Languages : en Pages : 400 View: 4994 Download Book
by Jason Kandybowicz, Africa S Endangered Languages Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Africa S Endangered Languages books, Relatively little is known about Africa's endangered languages. Unlike indigenous languages in Australia, North Asia, and the Americas, which are predominantly threatened by colonizers, African languages are threatened most immediately by other local languages. As a result, the threat of language extinction is perceived as lower in Africa than in other parts of the globe, and a disproportionate amount of research is devoted to the study of endangered African languages when compared to any other linguistically threatened region in the world. There are approximately 308 highly endangered languages spoken in Africa (roughly 12% of all African languages) and at least 201 extinct African languages. This volume hopes to illuminate and challenge this trend. Chapters offer both documentary and theoretical perspectives, emphasizing the symbiotic relationship between the two approaches and its implications for the preservation of endangered languages, both in the African context and more broadly. Documentary-oriented chapters deal with key issues in African language documentation including language preservation and revitalization, community activism, and data collection and dissemination methodologies, among others. Theoretically-oriented chapters provide detailed descriptions and analyses of phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic phenomena, and connect these to current theoretical issues and debates. Africa's Endangered Languages provides thorough coverage of a continent's neglected languages that will spur linguists and Africanists alike to work to protect them.
Author: Tom Güldemann Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG ISBN: 3110421666 Size: 50.96 MB Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi Category : Language Arts & Disciplines Languages : en Pages : 1032 View: 4391 Download Book
by Tom Güldemann, The Languages And Linguistics Of Africa Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Languages And Linguistics Of Africa books, This innovative handbook takes a fresh look at the currently underestimated linguistic diversity of Africa, the continent with the largest number of languages in the world. It covers the major domains of linguistics, offering both a representative picture of Africa’s linguistic landscape as well as new and at times unconventional perspectives. The focus is not so much on exhaustiveness as on the fruitful relationship between African and general linguistics and the contributions the two domains can make to each other. This volume is thus intended for readers with a specific interest in African languages and also for students and scholars within the greater discipline of linguistics.
Author: Kenneth L. Rehg Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 0190877049 Size: 50.40 MB Format: PDF, ePub, Docs Category : Language Arts & Disciplines Languages : en Pages : 776 View: 1756 Download Book
by Kenneth L. Rehg, The Oxford Handbook Of Endangered Languages Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Oxford Handbook Of Endangered Languages books, The endangered languages crisis is widely acknowledged among scholars who deal with languages and indigenous peoples as one of the most pressing problems facing humanity, posing moral, practical, and scientific issues of enormous proportions. Simply put, no area of the world is immune from language endangerment. The Oxford Handbook of Endangered Languages, in 39 chapters, provides a comprehensive overview of the efforts that are being undertaken to deal with this crisis. A comprehensive reference reflecting the breadth of the field, the Handbook presents in detail both the range of thinking about language endangerment and the variety of responses to it, and broadens understanding of language endangerment, language documentation, and language revitalization, encouraging further research. The Handbook is organized into five parts. Part 1, Endangered Languages, addresses the fundamental issues that are essential to understanding the nature of the endangered languages crisis. Part 2, Language Documentation, provides an overview of the issues and activities of concern to linguists and others in their efforts to record and document endangered languages. Part 3, Language Revitalization, includes approaches, practices, and strategies for revitalizing endangered and sleeping ("dormant") languages. Part 4, Endangered Languages and Biocultural Diversity, extends the discussion of language endangerment beyond its conventional boundaries to consider the interrelationship of language, culture, and environment, and the common forces that now threaten the sustainability of their diversity. Part 5, Looking to the Future, addresses a variety of topics that are certain to be of consequence in future efforts to document and revitalize endangered languages.
by Herman Batibo, Language Decline And Death In Africa Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Language Decline And Death In Africa books, The aim of this book is to inform both scholars and the public about the nature and extent of the problem of language decline and death in Africa. It resourcefully traces the main causes and circumstances of language endangerment, the processes and extent of language shift and death, and the consequences of language loss to the continent's rich linguistic and cultural heritage. The book outlines some of the challenges that have emerged out of the situation.
Author: Jason Kandybowicz Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 0197509762 Size: 28.11 MB Format: PDF, ePub Category : Language Arts & Disciplines Languages : en Pages : 208 View: 1072 Download Book
by Jason Kandybowicz, Anti Contiguity Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Anti Contiguity books, A recent wave of research has explored the link between wh- syntax and prosody, breaking with the traditional generative conception of a unidirectional syntax-phonology relationship. In this book, Jason Kandybowicz develops Anti-contiguity Theory as a compelling alternative to Richards' Contiguity Theory to explain the interaction between the distribution of interrogative expressions and the prosodic system of a language. Through original and highly detailed fieldwork on several under-studied West African languages (Krachi, Bono, Wasa, Asante Twi, and Nupe), Kandybowicz presents empirically and theoretically rich analyses bearing directly on a number of important theories of the syntax-prosody interface. His observations and analyses stem from original fieldwork on all five languages and represent some of the first prosodic descriptions of the languages. The book also considers data from thirteen additional typologically diverse languages to demonstrate the theory's reach and extendibility. Against the backdrop of data from eighteen languages, Anti-contiguity offers a new lens on the empirical and theoretical study of wh- prosody.
by Sarah G. Thomason, Endangered Languages Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Endangered Languages books, An introduction to language endangerment. What is it? How and why does it happen? Why should we care?
Author: Luna Filipović Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company ISBN: 9027266441 Size: 79.49 MB Format: PDF, Kindle Category : Language Arts & Disciplines Languages : en Pages : 413 View: 4029 Download Book
by Luna Filipović, Endangered Languages And Languages In Danger Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Endangered Languages And Languages In Danger books, This peer-reviewed collection brings together the latest research on language endangerment and language rights. It creates a vibrant, interdisciplinary platform for the discussion of the most pertinent and urgent topics central to vitality and equality of languages in today’s globalised world. The novelty of the volume lies in the multifaceted view on the variety of dangers that languages face today, such as extinction through dwindling speaker populations and lack of adequate preservation policies or inequality in different social contexts (e.g. access to justice, education and research resources). There are examples of both loss and survival, and discussion of multiple factors that condition these two different outcomes. We pose and answer difficult questions such as whether forced interventions in preventing loss are always warranted or indeed viable. The emerging shared perspective is that of hope to inspire action towards improving the position of different languages and their speakers through research of this kind.
by Mari C. Jones, Creating Orthographies For Endangered Languages Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Creating Orthographies For Endangered Languages books, Creating an orthography is often seen as a key component of language revitalisation. Encoding an endangered variety can enhance its status and prestige. In speech communities that are fragmented dialectally or geographically, a common writing system may help create a sense of unified identity, or help keep a language alive by facilitating teaching and learning. Despite clear advantages, creating an orthography for an endangered language can also bring challenges, and this volume debates the following critical questions: whose task should this be - that of the linguist or the speech community? Should an orthography be maximally distanciated from that of the language of wider communication for ideological reasons, or should its main principles coincide for reasons of learnability? Which local variety should be selected as the basis of a common script? Is a multilectal script preferable to a standardised orthography? And can creating an orthography create problems for existing native speakers?